COVID Live Updates: FDA To Hold Crunch Talks Over J&J And Moderna Vaccine Boosters

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will hold crunch talks over Thursday and Friday on whether to support booster doses of both the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

A health care worker awaits those wanting the Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile clinic hosted by McDonald's and the California Department of Public Health © Frederick J. Brown/Getty Images A health care worker awaits those wanting the Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile clinic hosted by McDonald's and the California Department of Public Health

The decision is seen as crucial for both companies and Biden administration's vaccine rollout program, but scientific data, as ever in politics, is only one part of the story and can be read in a number of ways. Studies so far suggest that mixing and matching boosters will work at least as well and could be far better for single-shot J&J recipients - but the FDA panel remains split on the decision.

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Meanwhile, state and federal lawmakers continue to fight over vaccine mandates, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott attempting to defy an order to require all federal workers to be fully vaccinated, a California judge blocking the measure for unionized prison staff, and ongoing controversy surround mandates for Southwest Airlines pilots being made to get the shot.

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President Biden's chief medical advisor said yesterday afternoon that airline pilots should be far more concerned about the potential health consequences of contracting COVID-19 than any risk of possible side effects from vaccines.

We have examples of people - they may not necessarily be pilots, maybe there are some - who actually have gotten COVID and have had an unexplained but real impact on their ability to function normally.

Common side effects from all vaccines include a sore arm, a low-grade fever, and other mild flu-like symptoms lasting only a few days.

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FDA officials are preparing to meet today for the beginning of 48 hours of crunch talks over whether to recommend COVID booster shots of the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines.

Follow Newsweek's liveblog throughout Thursday for all the latest.

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