By Dean Seal

 

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE plan to begin shipping pediatric doses of their Covid-19 vaccines as directed by the U.S. government, the companies said Friday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the shots for nearly 20 million children in the U.S. from 6 months to under 5 years. A national campaign to vaccinate young children is expected to kick off as soon as Monday.

The Biden administration is preparing to get sufficient supplies of the pediatric doses to hospitals, pharmacies and vaccination sites. It also aims to encourage parents to sign up, though the drive is likely to encounter the hesitancy and fatigue marking the current phase of the pandemic fight.

 

Write to Dean Seal at dean.seal@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 17, 2022 10:18 ET (14:18 GMT)

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