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A health worker draws a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Miami, Fla., on Aug. 5, 2021. (Marco Bello/Reuters) The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) on Friday authorized boosters of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans 18 or older.
“The FDA has determined that the currently available data support expanding the eligibility of a single booster dose of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to individuals 18 years of age and older,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.
An FDA analysis of immune response data supported the decision. For Moderna’s vaccine, the FDA analyzed how 149 participants from the original clinical studies reacted after being given a third dose. For Pfizer’s shot, the FDA analyzed the immune response of approximately 200 participants who got a booster.
Those who got a booster had higher antibody levels than those who did not.
Studies and real-world data show the vaccines protect well against infection and hospitalization in the months after the primary series. But after a certain point, the antibody levels begin dropping and the effectiveness plummets against infection and decreases to a lesser extent against severe disease.
The drop is more pronounced in the elderly and those who have serious underlying health conditions like obesity.
Health officials previously tried to expand access to boosters to everybody but were effectively blocked by the FDA’s vaccine advisory panel, which voted against the move. The FDA could have overruled the recommendation but did not. Instead, the agency took up a separate recommendation to make a booster available to everybody over 65 and certain groups 64 and under.
The FDA has now side-stepped its vaccine advisory panel in making boosters available to anybody 18 or older. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters is seen in White Oak, Md., in a file photograph. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) “I think it would have been of value for the public to hear an open discussion about the need for boosters. I wish we had had the chance to discuss this,” Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
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