BioNTech pharmaceutical company has been in the stoplight after developing the Pfizer vaccine using mRNA technology. This type of vaccine helps the immune system produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus without using parts of the virus. This new type of vaccine, approved by the FDA, has been used in many other countries worldwide. Just a few days ago,
BioNTech is preparing a booster shot.
A recent report from CNBC said that BioNTech Company is already developing a booster vaccine shot for those who are already vaccinated. This shot would protect people against several COVID-19 variants, including Delta. The Delta strain, originated in India, is responsible for more than half of the cases in the U.S and its high transmissibility rate makes it very dangerous.
The booster shot is a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine because those fully vaccinated had already received two shots.
CDC and FDA release a joint statement
As published on a social media networking site, the two powerful U.S institutions have joined forces to declare that those who got their two Pfizer shots, or are fully vaccinated with other vaccines approved in the U.S, do not need a third shot, for now. The public health institutions also reminded U.S citizens that those unvaccinated remain at risk. The Pfizer vaccine protects against death, hospitalization and severe cases, and it is approved for those 12 years old and up.
The CDC and FDA have issued an unusual evening joint statement, which pushes back on Pfizer's announcement that it will seek approval for a third shot (second booster).
"Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time," it says. pic.twitter.com/z89OIDYawE
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) July 9, 2021
How did they come up with this decision?
The statement also explains the decision, especially after BioNTech announced it was working on creating a booster shot. Together with the FDA and NIH, the CDC analyzed all the statistics from lab trials, clinical trials, vaccination campaigns and all other data available, and they will continue to review it periodically.
At least the good news is that fully vaccinated people are protected for dangerous forms of the COVID-19 virus.