Califf Previews US FDA’s Authorization Rationale For COVID Bivalent Boosters
FDA Commissioner says the new shots will skip advisory committee review after June meeting on reformulation. ‘As we know from prior experience, strain changes can be made without affecting safety.’
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But agency assessors also said there did not appear to be a biological reason for the vaccine to cause depression when granting the emergency use authorization for use of the Novavax vaccine in 12- to 17-year-olds.
Pfizer/BioNtech’s and Moderna’s updated bivalent Omicron booster doses will be available in coming days. Pfizer/BioNtech has an ongoing study in individuals 12 and older and are preparing EUA application for those 6 months and older. Moderna completed enrollment of 512 participants in a Phase 2/3 trial.
The month of September will be a crucial time for the US Food & Drug Administration and the legacy of its commissioner, Robert Califf. The agency will be taking several significant regulatory actions – but also crossing its fingers that legislation to assure its funding is secured.