U.S. plans COVID-19 booster shots at 6 months instead of 8: WSJ


(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators could approve a third COVID-19 shot for adults beginning at least 6 months after full vaccination, instead of the previously announced 8-month gap, the Wall Street Journal reported on Aug. 25.

Approval of boosters for three COVID-19 shots being administered in the United States – those manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson – is expected in mid-September, the report said, citing a person familiar with the plans.

Pfizer and BioNTech have already started the application process for the approval of its booster shot in people 16 and older, saying it spurs a more than threefold increase in antibodies against the coronavirus.

U.S. regulators granted full approval to Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine. Moderna said on Aug. 25 it has completed the real-time review needed for a full approval for its jab in people 18 and above.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in her daily briefing that any such development would be under the purview of the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

The CDC said the government’s plan to administer booster shots depends on pending action from the Food and Drug Administration and recommendation to it from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

The FDA, however, reiterated its joint statement that said the government was gearing up to roll out the third shot from mid-September to Americans who had their initial course of two-dose vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer more than 8 months ago.

The rollout would start if the FDA and the CDC decide that boosters are needed, U.S. officials had said.

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