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A key CDC advisory body is due to vote on Wednesday on whether to recommend the use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15.

The widely awaited approval from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is the final step before US officials put their thumbs up on states to allow millions of teenagers to be vaccinated as early as Thursday.

Allowing teenagers to get the shots will accelerate the nation’s efforts to fight infection and return to some form of normalcy, say public health officials and infectious disease experts. It also allows states to vaccinate middle school students before summer camps start and school starts in the fall