Almost the entire American population is now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The US Medicines Agency (FDA) on Friday urgently authorized the Moderna vaccine, in two doses, for children between six months and 5 years old, as well as that of Pfizer, in three doses, for children between six months and 4 years.

The FDA also approved, at the same time, Moderna's vaccine for children ages 6 to 17.

The Pfizer vaccine was already authorized from the age of 5 in the country.

“Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for the youngest children,” said FDA chief Robert Califf in a statement.

“As we have seen in older age groups, these vaccines for younger children are going to provide protection against the most severe cases of Covid-19, such as hospitalizations and deaths.


Millions of doses sent across the country

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must now recommend these vaccines before injections can begin.

This final green light will be granted after a meeting of expert members of an advisory committee, which was held over two days this Friday and Saturday.

The US government had announced that some 10 million doses could immediately begin to be sent in advance to the four corners of the country, before millions more in the following weeks.


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