The FDA will host talks on COVID-19 booster doses and children’s immunizations.

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The FDA will host talks on COVID-19 booster doses and children’s immunizations.

Three committee meetings on COVID-19 booster doses and vaccines for children will be held by the Food and Drug Administration this month.

Two advisory committee meetings on the Jannsen and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as well as one on Pfizer’s anticipated request to revise its emergency use permission request to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine on children aged 5-11.

The first two booster shot meetings will be held on October 14 and 15.

The committee will also hear a presentation from the National Institute of Health on the safety and efficacy of receiving initial doses of one COVID-19 vaccine and then a booster dose of another manufacturer’s shot during the second meeting.

On Sept. 22, the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose for those aged 65 and up, those who are at high risk of severe COVID-19, and those who are exposed to it often in institutions or at work.

In the first week of eligibility, approximately 2 million Americans received booster doses, according to White House Coronavirus Response Team Coordinator Jeff Zients.

Pfizer’s anticipated request will be discussed at the third meeting on Oct. 26.

In a statement, FDA acting commissioner Janet Woodcock said, “We know from our vast experience with our pediatric vaccines that children are not small adults, and we will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of clinical trial data submitted in support of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness in a younger pediatric population.”

The announcement comes as the country approaches the sad milestone of 700,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began on Friday, raising concerns about how the country would fare as the winter months approach.

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