Additional COVID-19 Booster Shots? Officials Anticipate FDA Authorization Within Few Weeks

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reportedly moving toward authorizing a second round of omicron-targeted COVID-19 booster shots for the elderly and other people at high risk.
  • FDA officials could decide within a few weeks and could change their mind, Wall Street Journal reported citing the people close to the matter.
  • The deliberations come as some people especially vulnerable to infection have asked their doctors to give them a second round of the updated booster, even though the FDA hasn’t approved it.
  • Some infectious-disease experts have called on federal health officials to permit another booster shot to safeguard people with comparatively weaker immune defenses better, as the U.K. and Canada have done.
  • According to data from the CDC, people who get the shots are one-fourteenth as likely to die than unvaccinated people who didn’t get the updated shot. 
  • Yet less than 17% of the total population have taken a second booster, compared with 69% who got the primary series, according to the CDC. 
  • About 40% of people 65 years and older have received the updated, dual-target shot below earlier levels.
  • In August, the FDA approved the bivalent COVID boosters targeting the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants from Pfizer Inc PFE/BioNTech SE BNTX and Moderna Inc MRNAalong with the original strain.
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