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FDA grants emergency use authorization for Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for all adults

The CDC’s committee of vaccine experts is scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the authorization before the head of the agency can sign off and let the shots begin.

By Cecilia Smith-Schoenwalder, U.S. News

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized emergency use of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shots for all adults, moving the U.S. a step closer to President Joe Biden’s original booster plan.

The authorization came just over a week after Pfizer submitted its application and only two days after Moderna submitted its request. The authorization expansion also came without a meeting of the FDA’s vaccine committee, which would typically issue its own recommendations for approval. The FDA’s speedy response to these requests is possibly a reflection of the Biden administration’s desire to get the U.S. population on the same page for booster shots ahead of the holidays. Read more …