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Covid-19 live updates CDC endorses use of coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

A health worker checks the temperature of a man during a door-to-door survey being conducted as a precaution against covid-19 in Hyderabad, India, on Thursday. (Mahesh Kumar A/AP)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in children as young as 12 on Wednesday, expanding access to millions of adolescents to get the shot.

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The endorsement came after an independent advisory panel voted in favor earlier on Wednesday.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky signed off on the official guideline Wednesday night, after clearing 12- to 15-year-olds to receive the vaccine, marking an important step in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Experts have said vaccinating children may be necessary for the United States to reach herd immunity.

President Biden hailed the decision as “one more giant step” in the fight against the pandemic and called on parents to get their children inoculated.

Here are some significant developments:

  • U.S. citizens living abroad are requesting that the government ship surplus vaccine shots to countries where vaccination rollouts have been slower, Reuters reported.
  • Governors found out on a Tuesday call with the White House that Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots won’t be available next week, Politico reported.
  • Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to vaccination sites through a partnership with the Biden administration announced Tuesday.
  • Los Angeles County, the most populous in the United States, could reach herd immunity by mid- to late July, health officials said Monday.
  • South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) is allowing parents to opt their children out of a school’s mask requirement, undercutting health experts’ suggested best practices to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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