FDA to approve ‘mix and match’ approach to vaccine booster shots: report

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Pressure mounts on state health officials to allow booster shots

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The Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans to receive a different COVID-19 vaccine for booster shots than the vaccine originally taken. new York Times.

Pressure has mounted on state health officials to authorize a “mix and match” approach after President Biden announced a nationwide booster campaign in August, sparking fears that supplies of some vaccines could run short in some areas.

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“The number 1 thing I heard from state health secretaries was the need for permissive language around a mix-and-match approach,” said Dr. Nirav D. ShahPresident of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers.

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“From a public health perspective, there is a clear need for individuals to receive a different vaccine in certain situations,” said Dr. Amanda Cohn, a high-ranking official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

FDA in September a pfizer approved booster shot for those over the age of 65 and other high-risk individuals, while similar guidance was approved last week for the Moderna vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one initial dose, unlike Moderna and Pfizer, has also been approved for the vaccine booster shot.

The news came as Dr. Anthony Fauci indicated his belief on Sunday that there should have been a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. given in two DosageSimilar to the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer.

“What FDA advisors felt is that, given the data they saw, it should have been a two-dose vaccine,” Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

President Joe Biden speaking during a tour of the Lehigh Valley Operations Facility for Mack Trucks in McKungie, Pa., Wednesday, July 28, 2021.  (AP photo/Matt Rourke)

Fauci also supported the idea of ​​mixing and matching vaccines, saying that people who initially received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would have the flexibility to receive the modern Pfizer booster shot.

Dr. Marcus Plesia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, agreed that health officials should have the flexibility to mix and match boosters.


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