Yesterday, at about 4:30pm, the headlines from the FDA decision read "FDA denies 3rd shot," in most outlets. When I sat down to write this post, the headline at CNN had changed to FDA advisers first rejected Pfizer's booster application -- but then voted to recommend a third shot for certain Americans. Maybe the decision was made late in the meeting. If so, why would there have been any news before the meeting was over? I found screen grabs at Twitter by scrolling back a couple of hours. You can see the AP Tweet. Meanwhile, in Israel, reports that a booster might last 12 days in the elderly was noted. 12 days.
(CNN) Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday voted unanimously to recommend emergency use authorization of Pfizer's booster shot six months after full vaccination in Americans 65 and older as well as those at high risk of severe Covid-19.
That vote came after the group had first voted and rejected a broader application: to approve the third shot in all Americans 16 and older six months after they were fully vaccinated.
Dr. Steven Pergam, medical director for infection prevention at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, expressed concern that the recommendation the advisers approved did not cover health care workers, who are at high risk of exposure to the virus, even if they are not necessarily at high risk of severe disease.