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Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5. The youngest tots already are supposed to get three extra-small doses of the original vaccine as their primary series. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said Monday that if the Food and Drug Administration agrees, the updated vaccine would be used for the third shot. The FDA already has cleared COVID-19 vaccines tweaked to better target omicron as boosters for everyone 5 and older.

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Deborah Sampson, left, a nurse at a University of Washington Medical Center clinic in Seattle, gives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot to a 20-month-old child, June 21, 2022, in Seattle. Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5. The youngest tots already are supposed to get three extra-small doses of the original vaccine as their primary series. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 that if the Food and Drug Administration agrees, the updated vaccine would be used for the third shot. The FDA already has cleared COVID-19 vaccines tweaked to better target omicron as boosters for everyone 5 and older. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

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Technicians take samples at a community COVID testing center in Auckland, New Zealand, Dec. 28, 2021. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, announced it was launching a high-level independent inquiry into its coronavirus response. (Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald via AP)

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A technician takes samples at a community covid testing center in Auckland, New Zealand, Feb. 16, 2022. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Dec. 5, 2022, announced it was launching a high-level independent inquiry into its coronavirus response. (Alex Burton/New Zealand Herald via AP)

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People wearing face masks walk through a reopened open air shopping mall in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. China on Sunday reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 as some cities move cautiously to ease anti-pandemic restrictions amid increasingly vocal public frustration over the measures. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)