The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its acronym in English) of the United States announced this Friday the authorization for the booster dose of the vaccines against the coronavirus of Pfizer and Moderna for all adults age 18 and older, a decision that had already been made at the state and local level.
“The FDA has determined that currently available data support a booster dose of Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for people 18 years of age and older,” said one of the FDA’s directors, Dr. Peter Marks.
The FDA permission comes two days after Moderna requested it to start the third dose of its vaccine, while in the case of Pfizer it was a week ago when it presented a clinical trial in which the extra injection was effective. for the more than 10,000 people who participated in the study.
Despite the concern that the rapid approval of Moderna has provoked, the main person in charge of the fight against the pandemic in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has reassured the public opinion by showing that the studies show no signs that the possible risks outweigh the benefits.
Hours later, the advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has voted unanimously in favor of recommending a booster dose of the Pfizer and Moderna for all adults.
With this, the CDC intends to end the confusion that had arisen among some of those vaccinated, who did not know if they had the necessary conditions to be eligible for this additional dose, and to simplify the process, as explained by one of the members of the committee, Dr. Oliver Brooks.
Waiting for the FDA and CDC spoke, during the past week, and some state governments and that of several American cities chose not to wait and approve a third booster dose for all adults over 18 years of age, says the NBC.
As new cases of coronavirus continue to rise in the United States, with more than 30 percent of its population on not even one dose, Moderna and Pfizer’s booster injection may begin six months after the second, including those that were vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson.
At the moment, more than 31 million people in United Statess have received a third booster dose, according to the CDC.