Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday asked Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla to expedite Emergency Use Approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the vaccine for children under age 12.
Bourla told Bennett he is doing his best to expedite the process.
Should the vaccine be approved for children 12 and under, the green passport rules could be extended to those ages as well.
The FDA is expected to approve a booster shot – a third vaccine dose – in the coming days. Israel began doing that on its own for citizens over age 60 last Sunday and more than half a million Israelis already received a third shot. The age bracket will likely be lowered to 45 next week, according to discussions in the Corona Cabinet.
"I estimate that this evening we will receive approval from the team on dealing with pandemics to vaccinate a lower age bracket with the booster, the third inoculation," Bennett said telling HMOs they should "prepare to expand the range of ages for the third inoculation next week."
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.