World No. 1 Or US No. 3? Global Access May Factor Into US Booster Shot Decision
A third shot of COVID-19 vaccine may be recommended for Americans soon, but the CDC says the best defense against the pandemic in the US includes ensuring the entire world gets the primary series.
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The plan’s White House announcement was described as a transparency move, but meeting its 20 September target start date requires both the FDA and ACIP to act quickly on boosters.
Updated EUA for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines left CDC room to define the type of conditions that meet the immunocompromised level described by the FDA. The recommendation for a third shot for immunocompromised patients was based on small studies using surrogates for vaccine efficacy, not hard clinical outcomes.
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.