Booster COVID-19 vaccine doses are not currently needed for the general population, wrote 18 international vaccine experts in a Lancet commentary published yesterday.
The authors, including 2 departing US FDA officials as well as WHO experts, argued that available data show that “vaccine efficacy against severe disease remains high” among the general population, STAT reports.
Their reasoning for going slow on boosters:
- Current evidence isn’t sufficient.
- Decisions on boosters need to be driven by science not politics.
- Giving available doses to unvaccinated populations could save more lives.
The Biden administration has pushed for booster shots 8 months after a person’s vaccination was completed.
Authors Philip Krause and Marion Gruber cited the administration’s booster plan last month in announcing their departure from the FDA, according to The New York Times.
Other Lancet commentary authors included WHO top scientists Soumya Swaminathan, Ana-Maria Henao-Restrepo, and Mike Ryan, Reuters noted.
Next up: An FDA advisory panel meets Friday to review the latest data and discuss Pfizer’s application for boosters.
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