Tracking The FDA Advisory Panel Meeting On Moderna���s Covid Vaccine Booster

The WHO has pushed for a greater focus on assisting immunization efforts in the developing world, warning that new variants of the virus could emerge and undermine protection in countries that have achieved already-high levels of vaccination.

Booster shots have also stirred some controversy in the U.S., as they are rolling out at a time when the country is struggling to persuade millions of people to even get their first dose. More than 60 million Americans remain unvaccinated.

However, many Americans desire an extra layer of protection as data increasingly shows vaccine effectiveness against infection wears off over time. A study published in the journal Science this month found that the effectiveness of Pfizer's vaccine, made with German biotech company BioNTech, declined from 86% to 43% from February to October this year. The efficacy of Moderna's vaccine against symptomatic infection fell from 89% to 58% and Johnson & Johnson's dropped from 86% to 13%.

However, the vaccines still provide a high level of protection against hospitalization and death, scientists say.

Public health experts expect an increase in Covid infections as the weather turns and Americans gather indoors for the holidays and to escape the winter cold. Booster doses could help reduce transmission, which is already high, by helping to prevent breakthrough infections among people already vaccinated, scientists say.

The CDC has already authorized booster doses for people 18 and over who received the single-dose J&J shot.

Moderna resubmitted its application for the FDA to approve a third dose of its shot for adults 18 and over on Wednesday.

The U.S. has administered more than 169 million doses of Moderna's vaccine, more than 258 million doses of Pfizer's, and more than 16 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's.

Nearly 80% of Americans ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of the three vaccines, according to CDC data. More than 31.4 million people have already received their booster shots in the U.S., the data shows. President Joe Biden received his booster dose in September.

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday urged Americans to get vaccinated and sign up for their booster if they are eligible.

"It is not too late. Get vaccinated now. And importantly, if you are already vaccinated six months or more ago and eligible for a boost, get a boost," Fauci said.

"The Israelis have shown that when you boost, you multifold diminish the likelihood of getting infected, getting sick, or dying," he said, referring to an Israeli study published in the Lancet in October.

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