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Pfizer and Moderna Boosters Provide 'Significant Increase' in Protection From Omicron Variant: Study

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Getting a third dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech's (PFE) or Moderna's (MRNA) COVID-19 vaccine offers a "significant increase" in protection against the Omicron variant in elderly people, according to a Danish study published on Wednesday.

The study, which is not yet peer-reviewed, investigated the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines that use so-called mRNA technology against the Delta variant and the new, more infectious Omicron variant.


FDA Expands Booster Dose Usage Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccines

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed off Wednesday on extending COVID-19 boosters to the millions of Americans who received the Moderna Inc (Nasdaq: MRNA) or Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) vaccines and said anyone eligible for an extra shot can mix and match doses from different drug providers.

Specifically, regulators amended the emergency use authorizations to permit a half dose of Moderna’s vaccine as a booster shot for seniors and others at high risk from the virus six months after their last shot.


CDC Endorses COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots for Millions of Older and Vulnerable Individuals

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday.


Johnson & Johnson Says Booster Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Generates Strong Immune Response

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) said a booster shot of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine generated a promising immune response among participants in early-stage clinical trials.

In a press release Wednesday, the pharmaceutical company said that trial participants who received a booster shot had a “nine-fold” increase of virus-fighting antibodies compared to what was observed four weeks after the initial dose.


US Health Officials To Recommend COVID-19 Booster Shots for All

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After struggling for months to persuade Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials could soon face a fresh challenge: talking vaccinated people into getting booster shots to gain longer-lasting protection as the delta variant sends infections soaring again.

As early as Wednesday, U.S. health authorities are expected to recommend an extra dose of the vaccine for all Americans eight months after they get their second shot, according to two people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.


FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for Immunocompromised People

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc for people with compromised immune systems.

A few other countries, such as Israel and Germany, plan to or have already administered the third shot to avoid another crisis due to the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.


FDA Working With Pfizer and Moderna on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with vaccine makers Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc to allow certain vulnerable people to receive a third booster shot of their COVID-19 vaccines to improve their immune response, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

Speaking at a White House COVID-19 press briefing, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the shots would be available to certain people who are moderately and severely immune compromised, such as people who have had organ transplants and some cancer patients. She estimated the group of vulnerable people was less than 3% of adults.


WHO Says Wealthy Nations Should Not Order Boosters While Other Countries Still Need Vaccines

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Rich countries should not be ordering booster shots for their vaccinated populations while other countries have yet to receive COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said deaths were again rising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delta variant was becoming dominant, and many countries had yet to receive enough vaccine doses to protect their health workers.


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