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All adults should receive a Covid booster, CDC says

An FDA spokesperson declined to comment on the CDC’s new recommendation.

The agency extended its emergency use authorizations for U.S. Covid-19 vaccines on November 19 to allow recalls for all adults, but FDA and CDC advisers chose to say young people healthy adults “might” receive a booster in recognition of the limited evidence of need in this population.

Around 47 million adults have still not been vaccinated against Covid-19 – a population Walensky urged to get vaccinated “as soon as possible”. She also urged adolescents and children who have not yet had a vaccine to get one.

“Strong immunity is likely to prevent serious illness,” Walensky said.

Celine Gounder, infectious disease specialist and former Covid-19 transition adviser to Biden who previously questioned the need for booster vaccines in all adults, told POLITICO that the CDC’s strengthened recommendation was warranted.

“As we learn more about Omicron and try to determine if it can escape our current vaccines, giving boosters will save us time and provide additional protection until we determine if we need to develop vaccines. second generation, ”Gounder said.

Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee, signed an op-ed Monday morning calling for a new push to reach the unvaccinated, both at home and abroad. stranger, rather than pushing reminders for all.

“On the contrary, the possible need for a booster targeting a potentially vaccine resistant variant is a reason to suspend a recall targeting the original variant,” he wrote with two former FDA officials – Marion Gruber and Philip Krause – who left the agency this fall in part because of frustration over the Biden administration’s stimulus package, which it deemed premature.

Offit told POLITICO on Monday evening that his position was still valid “unless the CDC has data that we haven’t heard from yet”.

Walensky also urged sick Americans to research a Covid-19 test to ensure the United States quickly identifies Omicron cases. Covid is now circulating among cold and flu viruses in the northern hemisphere, and several symptoms of the three diseases overlap, making it essential to detect the new coronavirus before a sick person resumes their daily activities in public.

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