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A panel of independent experts that advises the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its vaccine decisions voted unanimously Thursday to update all COVID-19 vaccines so they contain the same ingredients as the two-strain shots that are now used as booster doses.

The vote means young children and others who haven’t been vaccinated may soon be eligible to receive two-strain vaccines that more closely match the circulating viruses as their primary series.

The FDA must sign off on the committee’s recommendation, which it is likely to do, before it goes into effect.

The advisory committee heard testimony and data suggesting that the complexity of having two types of COVID-19 vaccines and schedules for different age groups may be one of the reasons for low vaccine uptake in the U.S. Currently, only about two-thirds of Americans have had the full primary series of shots. Only 15% of the population has gotten an updated bivalent booster.

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  • There have been more than 102.27 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • The U.S. death toll has surpassed 1.10 million people, according to Johns Hopkins.

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