Covid-19. US approves third dose of vaccine for over 65s and at-risk groups – World

The agency that regulates the marketing of drugs in the United States, authorized a third dose of Pfizer vaccine for people over 65 years and also for elderly people at risk of health or especially exposed to covid-19.

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The group of people at risk consists of health workers, teachers, caregivers, supermarket workers, homeless people and prisoners, explained the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Today’s decision [quarta-feira] demonstrates that science and currently available data continue to guide FDA decision-making for covid-19 vaccines during this pandemic,” FDA Director Janet Woodcock said in a statement.

The FDA chose to follow the advice of its advisory committee. The panel, which includes epidemiologists and infectious disease experts.

A panel of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency, also met on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

The CDC is expected to issue detailed recommendations for practitioners administering the third doses, including what exactly is meant by the term “high risk.”

The FDA’s decision differs from what was announced by Joe Biden’s administration: the latter had ensured that a vast campaign of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines would be launched starting the week of September 20, for all Americans eight months after theirs. second injection.

He justified the ad by pointing to early data showing that the effectiveness of both products began to decline over time in those vaccinated.

Covid-19’s government advisor for the crisis, immunologist Anthony Fauci, on Sunday rejected the idea that the decision by health experts was a setback for the government.

Moderna presented initial data to the FDA in early September showing the effectiveness of a booster dose, which has yet to be analyzed.

Johnson & Johnson delivered this data on Tuesday.

This is a measure that the World Health Organization (WHO) has disapproved of on several occasions, denouncing the inequalities in vaccination between rich and poor countries. According to the WHO, it would be both more ethical and more pragmatic from a public health point of view to vaccinate as many people as possible first.

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