A government advisory committee in the US has rejected a plan to give an additional dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine to all people. He advocated giving booster doses only to people who are 65 years of age or older or those who are at high risk of developing serious diseases. This decision of the committee is a setback for the efforts of the Joe Biden administration, which were announced a month ago. The decision was made by an influential committee of outside experts advising the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The committee rejected the plan for a nearly all-encompassing booster dose by a vote of 16 to 2. Members cited a paucity of data on the safety of additional doses and doubted the importance of providing booster doses to all compared to specific groups. The committee then voted 18 to zero to support additional doses for select US populations, those at higher risk from the virus. The voting held on Friday is the first step in this process. The FDA may take a decision on the booster dose in the next few days, although it usually follows the recommendations of the committee.
It is very important to have two doses of the vaccine
Dr. Cody Meisner of Tufts University said, I do not think that booster doses can make a significant contribution to controlling the epidemic. I think the main message we should be conveying is that every person should get two doses of the vaccine. Dr Amanda Cohn of the CDC said, “It is clear at this time that people who have not been vaccinated are becoming a factor of infection in America.” In recent times, there seems to be a divided opinion between the government and scientists both outside about the booster dose being given. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also opposed giving booster doses.
US administration had planned to give booster dose
In fact, the Joe Biden administration planned to give booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines after eight months to every person taking the second dose. However, permission from the CDC must be obtained for booster doses. A CDC advisory panel is expected to question the issue on Wednesday. The CDC has said it is considering boosters for older people, nursing home dwellers and front-line health care workers, rather than all adults. Those taking the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will require separate decisions from the FDA and CDC regarding booster doses.
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