FDA: Advisory panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for 65+, those at high risk

The decision was made by a committee of outside experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration.

Associated Press

Sep 17, 2021, 9:31 PM

Updated 1,000 days ago

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An influential federal advisory panel has overwhelmingly rejected a plan to give Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, but it endorsed the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.
 
The twin votes Friday represented a heavy blow to the Biden administration's sweeping effort to shore up nearly all Americans' protection amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
 
The decision was made by a committee of outside experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the Pfizer vote count as 61-3, it was 16-2.


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