Now and Later: Administration Struggles To Cement COVID Booster Strategy Amid Evolving Pandemic
US FDA was trying to focus people on a one-booster-per year, updated fall COVID vaccine campaign to address what they perceive as the public’s inoculation exhaustion, but as BA.5 seems to be sending the US into another surge the White House is pushing a summer booster campaign.
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The government is paying a premium for updated vaccines despite the much smaller data packages that will be available at the time of a potential authorization and rollout. The administration also currently lacks funding for boosters for all, but demand may not necessitate such a supply.
The agency also includes a myocarditis warning in the fact sheet for the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine to reach the US market.
If FDA wants to follow its external experts' advice on new booster composition, it would likely have to authorize BA.4/BA.5-targeting boosters on preclinical and manufacturing data only, and companies would have to quickly pivot manufacturing.