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Vaccine Booster Battle Reveals Rifts Among Regulators and Sponsors

September 20, 2021


Amidst political pressures and dissension on multiple fronts, FDA and its panel of vaccine experts weighed the evidence and worked to ensure a science-based decision on whether to authorize additional shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to further protect those that already received the recommended doses. The day-long meeting on Sept. 17, 2021 of FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) concluded with the panel recommending that a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine be authorized only for people over age 65, plus those at high risk of infection related to occupation, such as health care workers and teachers.

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