FDA, CDC Say No Need for COVID-19 Booster Vaccines in US At This Time

Source: FirstWord

The FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that people who have been fully immunized against COVID-19 do not require a booster vaccine at this time, according to a FirstWord report. The joint statement came shortly after Pfizer detailed plans to ask the FDA for an emergency-use authorisation next month for a third dose of its coronavirus vaccine BNT162b2, citing mounting evidence that immunity wanes in vaccinated people.

However, the FDA and CDC maintain that those “who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta.” The agencies noted “we continue to review any new data as it becomes available,” adding that their stance “takes into account laboratory data, clinical trial data, and cohort data – which can include data from specific pharmaceutical companies, but does not rely on those data exclusively.”

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