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US authorises use of Pfizer-BioNTech jab for those aged 12-15

US regulators have authorised Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12 and said they could begin receiving shots as soon as Thursday, widening the country's inoculation program as vaccination rates have slowed significantly.

This is the first Covid-19 vaccine to be authorised in the US for ages 12 to 15.

Vaccinating younger ages is considered an important step for getting children back into schools safely. US President Joe Biden has asked states to make the vaccine available to younger adolescents immediately.

Mr Biden issued a statement hailing the authorisation as "a promising development in our fight against the virus."

"If you are a parent who wants to protect your child, or a teenager who is interested

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