FDA Preps for New Covid-19 Variants
The FDA has significant authority in approving new vaccines. As we are still praying about vaccine mandates, we need to pray for the FDA as well.
From The Wall Street Journal. Advisers to U.S. health regulators are meeting Wednesday to review data on Covid-19 vaccines, boosters and variants, part of the federal government’s preparations for dealing with the virus going forward.
The experts are due to discuss how the Food and Drug Administration could review and authorize future Covid-19 vaccines, including strains that the vaccine makers should target and the dosing schedule of boosters.
The advisers, members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, are also scheduled to discuss the efficacy of shots, including in children, and the FDA’s plans to address future Covid-19 variants or outbreaks.
The FDA has been working to develop a system that allows for quickly testing vaccines and other pandemic tools while keeping pace with any virus changes….
At their all-day meeting, the FDA advisers are expected to discuss potential vaccines that target Omicron specifically….
The FDA last week cleared the use of second booster shots—from Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE and from Moderna Inc.—for adults at least 50 years old who had gotten a first booster dose at least four months earlier….
Such authorization, as well as who else should receive second boosters and when they should get them, remains a subject of debate among researchers. The advisory panel’s meeting is supposed to help the FDA work through the issues….
About 77% of the U.S. population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, and about two-thirds of the population are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Less than half of the adult population has received a booster.
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(Excerpt from The Wall Street Journal. Photo Credit: Canva)
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