FDA Authorizes Pfizer Boosters for All Adults

FDA Authorizes Pfizer Boosters for All Adults

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As of November 19, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s single booster shots for all Americans aged 18 and above. The shot is recommended to anyone who got their second shot of the primary COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago.

Here are some COVID-19 updates that predate this latest news in descending order.

November 9, 2021

On this day, Pfizer turned in an authorization request to the FDA that would set off several reviews across a period of 10 days until final approval. As of this date, the booster shot was only authorized for selected populations, including:

  • Adults aged 65 and older.
  • High-risk individuals between the ages of 18 and 64.
  • Individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 who’re frequently exposed to SARS-CoV-2.

November 5, 2021

On this day, Ocugen, Inc. revealed that it had turned in an authorization request to the FDA for their COVID-19 vaccine. Surprisingly, the request wasn’t for adults but children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 18.

More commonly known as Covaxin, the two-shot vaccine is currently authorized in 17 countries and contains a dead strain of SARS-CoV-2, unlike all the other mRNA-carrying vaccines.

Five Vials of Covaxin Shots Placed Straight Up on a Neutral Surface

October 31, 2021

On this day, Moderna, Inc. announced it had received a response from the FDA about their authorization request for their vaccine to be administered to children between the ages of 12 and 17.

Although Pfizer-BioNTech was approved for the age group, the FDA put the Moderna vaccine’s approval on hold until January 2022. The notification cited reports of rare yet potentially fatal complications as the reason for delaying the authorization.

October 29, 2021

On this day, the FDA authorized the emergency administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children between the ages of 5 and 11. The group was allowed to get both shots at least three weeks apart.

They would receive a smaller dose of 10mcg as opposed to the 30mcg administered to older individuals. The decision came amid rising cases of COVID-19 in kids and a growing demand to prevent long COVID-19 in the younger population.

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