The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they would vote in the early hours of Thursday (23/9) to determine which groups were eligible to receive booster injections or booster from Pfizer-BioNTech.
A CDC panel met on Wednesday to discuss who should take precedence over receiving the third or third vaccination booster, which is seen as a controversial decision that comes more than a month after President Joe Biden first announced plans to give the injections booster. This injection is given eight months after the second dose.
Last week, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel unanimously rejected the White House’s plan to provide boosters to most Americans. The panel cited a lack of data on safety booster, as well as the lack of evidence of its protection.
But the panel recommended injections booster for those aged 65 years and over and for those who are at high risk of developing severe illness if contracting COVID-19.
The scientists stressed that the main focus of the country should remain on vaccinating those who have not been vaccinated at all.
“I want to underline that by September 2021 in America, deaths from COVID-19 will be largely vaccine-preventable, with one of three vaccines available,” said Dr. Matthew Daley, the CDC adviser who opened the discussion on Wednesday.
At least, more than 55 percent of Americans have received the full dose of COVID-19 vaccination, according to the Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center. While the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread, the US recorded its highest daily death toll from the virus since March. (ps/ka)