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US FDA to permit mixing and matching of COVID-19 boosters — NYT

FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen outdoors of the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in White Oak, Maryland, U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration is planning to permit People to get a distinct booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine than the one initially taken, the New York Instances reported on Monday.

The FDA in September approved a booster dose of Pfizer Inc and companion BioNTech’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for these aged 65 and older and a few high-risk People.

The regulator’s advisory panel has additionally backed the usage of Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine booster photographs.

The federal government wouldn’t advocate one shot over one other, and it’d observe that utilizing the identical vaccine as a booster when doable is preferable, the NYT report mentioned, citing individuals acquainted with the company’s plans.

The FDA declined to touch upon the matter.

U.S. well being officers have been below stress to authorize the extra photographs after the White Home introduced plans in August for a widespread booster marketing campaign pending approvals from the FDA and the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

A examine by the Nationwide Institutes of Well being final week confirmed individuals who obtained Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine as a primary shot had a stronger immune response when boosted with vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

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