Necessary or not, booster shots are probably coming

The Food and Drug Administration in the United States will very likely have to authorise Pfizer’s booster for emergency use, as it did the company’s prior Covid-19 shot, says the writer. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

(NYTIMES) The drugmaker Pfizer recently announced that vaccinated people are likely to need a booster shot to be effectively protected against new variants of the coronavirus and that the company would apply for US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorisation for the shot. Top government health officials immediately and emphatically announced that the booster isn't needed right now - and held firm to that position even after Pfizer's top scientist made his case and shared preliminary data with them last week.

This has led to confusion. Should the nearly 60 per cent of adult Americans who have been fully vaccinated seek out a booster or not? Is the protection that has allowed them to see loved ones and go out to dinner fading?

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