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Moderna’s Shots for Children 6-17 Win CDC Advisers’ Backing

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to a child in New York on June 23.
A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to a child in New York on June 23.Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccines for children and teens won support from a key panel of US health advisers, a crucial step towards providing yet another tool for protecting young people from the most serious effects of the virus.

A 15-member Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel supported the shots for children 6 to 11 years old and teens 12 to 17 years old in two unanimous votes. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will need to sign off on the recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to make the advice official.