Pfizer Pushes for 3rd Vaccine Dose, CDC and FDA Say ‘No Booster Shot Yet’

US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease and Control pushed back on Thursday on Pfizer request for a third vaccine dose that would boost protection from Covid-19 variants.

“Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time,” they said.

Pfizer issued a statement early Wednesday saying that evidence was building that people’s immunity starts to wane after they have been vaccinated, thus the need for a third dose which they called it booster.

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From CNN report:

“As seen in real world data released from the Israel Ministry of Health, vaccine efficacy in preventing both infection and symptomatic disease has declined six months post-vaccination, although efficacy in preventing serious illnesses remains high,” Pfizer said in a statement emailed to CNN.

“Additionally, during this period the Delta variant is becoming the dominant variant in Israel as well as many other countries. These findings are consistent with an ongoing analysis from the Companies’ Phase 3 study,” it added.

“While protection against severe disease remained high across the full six months, a decline in efficacy against symptomatic disease over time and the continued emergence of variants are expected. Based on the totality of the data they have to date, Pfizer and BioNTech believe that a third dose may be beneficial within 6 to 12 months following the second dose to maintain highest levels of protection.”

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