Pfizer’s Prevnar 20 May Have Edge Over Merck’s Pneumococcal Vaccine, ACIP Suggests
CDC advisory committee work group concludes benefits of Merck’s PVC15 in those 65 and older is small while benefits of Pfizer’s PVC20 in those 50 and older is large and in those 65 and older is moderate to large.
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