Seeking To Provide ‘The Best Clarity Possible,’ ACIP Votes For COVID Vaccine Booster In Children 5-11
CDC advisory committee recommends Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine booster, but one member votes ‘no,’ citing concern that only 29% of children ages 5 to 11 have received the primary two-dose series and arguing the focus should be on additional vaccinations, not additional doses.
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Peter Marks says agency will proceed to meeting once Pfizer and/or Moderna complete their submissions and that the two may be considered at the same VRBPAC panel. FDA's effectiveness standard has not changed, CBER director says, but acknowledges that vaccines might be a little less effective than 50% in subpopulations.
CDC’s ACIP members say goal for now should not be preventing infection. FDA’s Doran Fink notes that the agency will act diligently on EUA of vaccines in children under five once it receives submissions, cites the complexity of reviewing Novavax’s EUA request for its vaccine.
Advisory committee member says FDA's decision to authorize extra shots of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for those 50 and older was a short-term solution and that VRBPAC should prioritize long-term issues related to the coronavirus.