The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine boosters for adults.
The FDA approval came after the Biden planned to start distributing boosters to all adults starting Sept. 20 but was not able to get approval due to an alleged lack of data supporting the third doses.
“Authorizing the use of a single booster dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older helps to provide continued protection against Covid-19, including the serious consequences that can occur, such as hospitalization and death,” said acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) however needs to authorize the distribution of the booster doses in order for the approval to go into effect.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky already said on Wednesday that they would “act swiftly” after the FDA allows the distribution of booster shots.
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