NIH Director Says FDA Could Decide on ‘Booster’ COVID-19 Shots in the Near Future

The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could decide in the coming weeks whether to authorize COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to more Americans in the fall. Dr. Francis Collins told “Fox News Sunday” that FDA officials are reviewing U.S. COVID-19 cases and vaccines “almost daily,” stipulating that no decision has yet been made. There have been several studies that have found that the efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna shots, which use mRNA technology, has waned in recent months. While Collins asserted that vaccinated individuals remain highly protected against the virus, he noted that there are concerns that the vaccines aren’t as effective as previously thought. If that scenario is indeed the case, Collins said it may necessitate a booster shot “may be beginning first with health care providers, as well as people in nursing homes, and then gradually moving forward” …Read More

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