Review of booster shots for Moderna, J&J vaccines in weeks: Fauci | Health Info
By Cara Murez Journalist for Health Day
MONDAY, September 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) – If Americans who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines are dismayed at the lack of recall information for them, their wait should end soon.
Booster data for these vaccines are only weeks away from a review by the United States Food and Drug Administration, Dr Anthony Fauci said in interviews on various television news programs on Sunday. .
“The actual data that we will get [on] this third move for Moderna and the second move for J&J are literally a few weeks away, ”Fauci said on the NBC News’ “Meet the press.” “We’re working on it right now to get the data to the FDA, so they can review it and make a decision about boosters for these people.”
On Friday, an FDA advisory group voted unanimously to recommend a booster of the Pfizer vaccine six months after the second dose for certain vulnerable Americans – people 65 years of age and older, anyone at high risk for serious illness and people more exposed to the virus because of their work. The FDA is expected to issue its decision on Pfizer’s booster injections this week, on Washington post reported. The agency generally, but not always, follows the advice of its advisory committees.
Fauci acknowledged that the roughly 81 million Americans who have received Moderna or J&J vaccines may feel left out.
“We definitely pay great attention to J&J people and those who have received a Moderna,” said Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “They are by no means left behind.”
The process for rolling out booster injections is evolving, noted Fauci, who is 80 years old and plans to get a booster shot when approved.
“The only thing I think people need to understand is that the data comes in, literally, on a daily basis and on a weekly basis,” Fauci explained. “They’re going to keep watching this, literally in real time. More data will come in both on safety for younger people, on effectiveness… So the story is not over yet. I think people are coming in. have to understand that. This is not the end of the story. “
Fauci also addressed an announcement made last month by President Joe Biden, who said booster shots would be available from September 20 for all Americans vaccinated. In his announcement, Biden said people will get their third dose eight months after their second injection. At the time, Biden pointed out the decrease in protection against infection after several months.
“The president was very clear, as was the medical group, when we said we were planning to do it,” Fauci said on CNN‘s “State of the Union.
Fauci noted that the boosters’ rollout was always conditional on FDA review and that Biden made this clear when he first announced plans for booster shots.
Dr Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, also weighed in on the recall debate in interviews with a morning TV show on Sunday.
The fact that the issue of boosters has evolved over time shows the process is working, said Collins, the To post reported. Collins did not say whether he thinks everyone needs a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but he did note that a decision whether or not to extend recall eligibility beyond that of those recommended by the FDA panel on Friday would likely take place in the coming weeks.
“In a way… that’s how it should be,” Collins said on CBS News “Facing the nation.” “The science is kind of playing very transparently, looking at data from multiple places, our country, other countries and trying to make the best decision right now. That’s what they did. . “
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information on COVID-19 vaccines.
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