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Pfizer COVID vaccine clears Japan panel for use with young children

Published 10/05/2022, 06:26 AM
Updated 10/05/2022, 01:32 PM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021. Behrouz Mehri/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
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TOKYO (Reuters) -A Japanese health ministry panel on Wednesday recommended approving Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE)'s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as six months old.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021. Behrouz Mehri/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Japan in January expanded use of the vaccine to those as young as five years old. Last month, health authorities started to dispensing Pfizer and Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) Inc booster shots that target the Omicron variant of the virus.

The panel also recommended approval of a version of the Pfizer vaccine that protects against the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron. Moderna said earlier on Wednesday it was seeking Japanese approval of its own subvariant shot.

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