US set to vaccinate adolescents to allow in-person learning in schools

Washington: The US is set to vaccinate low-risk teens even as the deadly coronavirus pandemic is raging  globally.

Reports said authorization of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents is likely to help the United States to allow more schools to return to in-person learning.

The decision has, however, sparked a debate about the ethical considerations of vaccinating a low-risk population.

The Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said in March their two-dose regimen was shown to be safe and highly effective in a trial of nearly 2,300 12 to 15 year-olds.

Many experts have, however, voiced concern whether this is the right time to immunize American teens as the global situation deteriorates.

In the US under-18s have accounted for 277 deaths in total, according to the latest official data. This is a miniscule fraction of the total of 574,000.

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