After weeks of controversy in the U.S., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this morning (Thursday) finally approved the administration of Pfizer's third vaccine for adults over the age of 65.
The director accepted the recommendation of the committee of experts and also approved the issuance of a third injection also for adults who are at high risk of coronary heart disease for medical reasons.
U.S. health authorities have announced that the process will take a long time and will begin among the most vulnerable populations in the country.
US Food and Drug Administration Building, FDA, Photo: Reuters
The New York Times noted that the principal's decision may open the door to the vaccination of millions of vaccinated people on the first and second injections, and estimated that the approved age for receiving the third vaccine is lowered by the principal later on.
"Janet Woodcock, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's commissioner, said:" The decision will allow a booster shot to be given to health care workers and other groups who are at constant risk such as inmates, teachers, homeless people and essential services workers. "
Dr. Janet Woodcock, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Photo: Reuters
The recommendation to give the third vaccine to people 65 and older and vulnerable populations was accepted last week by the organization's expert committee, after it decided not to recommend comprehensive immunization by booster injection in the United States.
The decision caused a political uproar and served as ammunition for opponents of the corona virus immunization process.
It was announced yesterday that the United States will donate more than half a billion vaccine doses to poor and middle-income countries.
The decision brings the total United States vaccine donation to more than a billion, part of a plan by President Biden to fight the corona plague worldwide.