Johnson & Johnson Boost Vaccine Almost FDA Approved

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose booster vaccine against COVID-19 was nearly approved last weekend. After a unanimous vote from the FDA advisory panel or the US Food and Drug Administration, the booster vaccine is now awaiting FDA approval.

Advisors expressed growing concern that the vaccine, often referred to as J&J, appears to provide less protection over time than Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines.

Leading infectious disease expert Dr.  Anthony Fauci responds to allegations by Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Photo: AP)

Leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to allegations by Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Photo: AP)

US President Joe Biden’s Adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on the show ABC “This Week”, the country will follow the data coming from Israel, at least one month ahead of the US in terms of vaccine research.

“With the data they saw about reduced immunity and the benefits of getting booster vaccinations for people in different age groups. So the data we’re starting to see from Israel show that, even in younger age groups, for example, from 40 to 60 years, there is a real benefit to being given booster vaccinations,” Fauci said.

Fauci added, America will change vaccine recommendations. In some parts of the country, amid increasing mandates by government and private employers, there have been protests against the need to be vaccinated, such as at the Boeing aircraft factory in Washington state.

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently issued an executive order banning the mandate, opposing President Joe Biden’s call for all companies with at least 100 employees to be vaccinated or undergo routine testing.

Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said he did not support banning the mandate by employers, although he opposed the mandate imposed by the federal government.

“States sometimes say, ‘Employers shouldn’t have the ability to impose vaccine requirements on their employees.’ For me, that’s the wrong direction too. It’s impractical to stir debate, but it’s also unprincipled,” he said.

Meanwhile, the FDA panel’s advice on Friday (15/10) will apply to all vaccinated recipients from J&J aged 18 years and over, at least two months after their initial vaccination.

The move follows the White House’s plans, announced in August, for a broad-based booster vaccine campaign. [ps/jm]

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