Published On: Sat, Oct 2nd, 2021

US Drug Regulator Advisers to Meet on Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

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A panel that advises the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to meet this month to consider whether to recommend booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 to consider whether to recommend Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters for certain groups. Advisers will hear presentations on both days, including from both companies. Another presentation, from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will outline data on mixing and matching boosters, or using a different vaccine for the booster than that used for the initial regimen, the FDA said in a press release. The administration typically takes up recommendations from its panel. The Biden administration announced last month it supported using boosters for everybody who has received a vaccine, regardless of their health status or underlying characteristics. …

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