FDA and CDC Say Booster Shots Aren’t Needed Yet. Pfizer Disagrees.

  • Fully vaccinated Americans don’t need booster shots right away, US health agencies said on Thursday.
  • Pfizer announced earlier that day that it plans to seek authorization for a booster next month.
  • The spread of the Delta variant has raised concerns about how long vaccine protection lasts.
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Pharmaceutical companies and disease experts increasingly disagree about when booster shots might be necessary.

Pfizer announced Thursday that it plans to seek authorization for a booster shot next month. But in a joint statement later the same day, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans don’t need boosters right away.

Pfizer anticipates that a third dose of its existing coronavirus vaccine could be given six to…

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