Pfizer-BioNTech has announced its intention to ask the FDA, the American drug authority, for authorization for a third dose of the Covid vaccine to give “even greater protection” to the population.
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In a statement, the pharmaceutical company explained that there are “encouraging data”, which will be made public in the coming weeks, on the supplemental dose of the vaccine, which would increase the level of antibodies by five to ten times if given six months after the second dose. .
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“Pfizer-Biontech believes that a third dose could be of benefit within 6-12 months following the second dose to maintain higher levels of protection,” the note reads.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responded to the announcement in a joint note, which said Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster vaccine in this moment. “We are prepared for booster doses if and when science proves they are needed,” the two bodies said.
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