On Friday, the administration officials said that the president’s plans to start delivery of vaccine booster shots by 20th September for most Americans who received the coronavirus vaccines are facing new hitches that may result in the delay of the availability of booster doses for those individuals who received the Moderna vaccine.
In August, Joe Biden, the President of the United States, previously announced that his government was planning for booster shots to be available for all nationals who received the mRNA vaccines. Further, he added that they would intend to provide additional enduring protection against the COVID-19. However, the approvals from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still pending.
On the other hand, these health agencies are waiting for critical statistics before signing off on the booster shots. Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is increasingly perceived as improbable to make the 20th September milestone. According to an official, Moderna formed insufficient data for the CDC and FDA to approve the 3rd dose of its vaccine, and FDA demanded further information that is likely to delay those third doses into October.
Pfizer vaccine is under the review process, to some extent, because of data gathered from the use of the vaccine in Israel, still expected for approval for a 3rd dose for all by 20th September. A key panel of FDA is to evaluate the data of Pfizer on third shots on 17th of this month. Officials said that data for boosters on the single-dose vaccine of Johnson & Johnson wouldn’t be available for the next few months because the vaccine wasn’t approved until February of 2021.
The White House is Preparing for the Eventual Approval of Boosters
On Thursday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC Director, and Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting FDA commissioner, briefed Jeff Zients, the White House Coronavirus coordinator, along with other officials, about the expected delay of Moderna. Most of the two hundred and six million American nationals at least partly vaccinated against the virus received the Pfizer shot, but around eighty million Americans received the Moderna vaccine, according to the statistics of CDC.
Furthermore, the public pronouncement of the government about third shots availability, a break from the more cautious and backdoor planning that defined its initial vaccination campaign, raised concerns from some experts that the White House was under consideration of the science on boosters. The former acting FDA commissioner, Dr. Stephen Ostroff, said that the August announcement. He added that they should say something, but they only said that they are working on booster shots.
White House spokesperson Chris Meagher says that they are awaiting a complete review and recommendation by the FDA and approval by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). When that recommendation and approval are made, the administration will be ready to implement the plan U.S. top doctors developed to combat the coronavirus.
Biden Touted Vaccine Boosters as Protection against Delta Variant
Even before the president’s last month’s announcement, his government was preparing for months for the likelihood that booster shots would need, maintaining the doses supply of America and planning promotion plans with the same intensity that it took to the initial vaccination campaign, Zients told CNN. On 18th August, Biden touted booster shots as a shield against the more contagious delta variant of COVID-19, which is spreading across the country and slowing the economic progress from the disease, in addition to possible variants to come.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, free, and highly effective – but even highly effective vaccines experience a reduction in protection over time. Today the CDC is announcing new planning for booster shots to protect people and families and stay ahead of the curve on COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/8y7SU5MpHz
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 18, 2021
The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has become an outspoken champion of the campaign to tout booster shots as the Biden government looks to curb the delta variant. On Thursday, Fauci told reporters that he believes it is likely that nationals will all need to receive a booster shot of the mRNA vaccines to considered fully vaccinated against coronavirus.