The U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducted a meeting on booster doses on Friday.
The FDA advisory committee recommends the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots for all Americans aged 65 and above. The citizens with a high risk of severe illness are also eligible for the booster shot.
Booster Doses For Americans
The committee says that administering booster doses to healthy and young individuals is not yet justifiable.
The decision against booster doses for younger citizens comes as a setback to the Biden administration. He said that the administration of the booster dose to citizens from September 20. He planned to give booster doses to all citizens.
According to the poll conducted by Yahoo news, Americans say that they would take the booster shots if made available to them. The people in agreement to take the booster shots include citizens of all ages.
So far, the FDA has not announced its decision, but it is likely to follow the suggestion of its advisory committee. It is yet to be observed how vaccinated Americans react to the FDA’s result.
President Joe Biden last month promised the American citizens the booster shots latest by September 20. He will more likely miss that deadline.
The data from Yahoo news also shows that Americans have a deep conflict over getting the booster shots before a majority of the rest of the world’s population gets its first dose. The survey took place between September 14 and 16 and involved at least 1,600 American adults.
The results came out when more than two-thirds of the Americans chose first shots for developing countries over booster doses for Americans.
Only about 32% of the Americans said providing booster shots to as many Americans as possible is more important. And about 38% said that giving the unvaccinated people their first shot is more important.
This conflict between personal and public health was visible in Friday’s FDA meeting.
The FDA and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee also studied the data from Israel. Israel has been administering the Pfizer booster doses.
A CDC official questioned the Israeli officials. He asked why the number of cases is rising, despite broadly administering booster doses.
The Biden administration, in their defense, said that they would not wait for hospitalizations among vaccinated to rise before they decide to administer the booster doses.
Two high-ranking FDA officials opposed the use of booster doses. They stated that there are no valid shreds of evidence to support booster shots. Both the officials are now planning to leave the FDA this fall. They complained that they felt undue pressure from the Biden administration to approve booster doses.
Experts say that shifting focus onto booster doses will distract us from the objective of vaccinating people with initial vaccine doses. Currently, only 54% of the United States population is completely vaccinated. Experts consider vaccination as the best way of protection against the Covid-19 virus.
A study conducted by the CDC showed that fully vaccinated citizens maintain 88% protection from hospitalization by the Covid-19. The study read a track of 3,700 hospitalized Americans. Dr. Michael Kurrila said it is not clear if everybody needs a booster dose. The elderly and the high-risk group population surely need it.