Don’t Call It A Booster: Immunocompromised May Be First To Get Extra COVID Shot In US
Reports indicate a 13 August CDC advisory committee meeting may be used to address an amended FDA emergency use authorization to allow immunosuppressed Americans to get additional COVID-19 vaccine doses. Such a move would not run afoul of the World Health Organization’s plea for a moratorium on boosters in the general population until much of the world initially can be vaccinated.
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But CDC seems more skeptical, postponing discussion during the ACIP meeting and aiming to talk to FDA about the issue ‘in the appropriate timeline.’
Advisory committee members say clinical data proves the second shot should be considered part of the primary series, while Janssen wants it called a single-shot vaccine with a booster.
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