Major health officials from around the world stated that there is no need for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The current evidence does not… seem to indicate the need for boosting immunization in the general population, where is still very effective for serious diseases,” the author wrote.
Health authorities have stated that some people, including those with weakened immune systems, may need to increase their doses to enhance their protection against COVID-19, but the current data supporting additional doses to the general population are not convincing.
The reviews include experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as major academic institutions around the world.
It has exacerbated the continuing tension among public health officials about whether and when a booster dose should be given. One question revolves around science-public health authorities are still interpreting infection and disease data from vaccinated people to understand what these mean for immunity.
Another problem is the limited supply of vaccines in most parts of the world. Earlier this summer, the WHO requested that the provision of boosters be suspended, at least until the end of this year, until more people, especially those in resource-poor countries, can be vaccinated.
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White House decided to launch the booster
The US public health leaders led by the White House decided to launch the booster starting on September 20, although the FDA has not yet considered this additional dose to be safe or effective.
Studies have shown that the protective effect against COVID-19 as measured by the level of antibodies produced by vaccinated people weakens after about six months.
But this does not mean that these people are more susceptible to disease, the author said.
So why do some health officials, including the top public health leaders in the United States, advocate so strongly for intensified injections?
In August, President Biden’s health team, including the chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, the heads of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FDA, announced that the United States plans to be any eight-year-old from September 20.
People dispense a booster dose. It is still a few months before they were vaccinated for the last time. The announcement surprised many in the medical community because any additional dosage must first be authorized or approved by the FDA and then recommended by the CDC.
Although both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have submitted requests for approval of the booster to the FDA, the agency has not yet made a decision.
The agency did authorize booster injections for a limited number of people with compromised immune systems in August. The FDA Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met on September 17 to discuss the data submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech.