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Japan is set to authorize Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine for around 4 million children age 12 to 15 from as early as Monday, health minister Norihisa Tamura said Friday, following in the footsteps of the U.S. earlier this month.

A health ministry panel on Friday recommended easing the age restriction on when people can get the U.S. drugmaker’s shot — currently set at 16 years of age — without conducting an additional clinical trial in the country. Tamura said the move would take effect after the government amends its guidelines on the emergency use of the vaccine.

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