The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory team is expected to vote on whether to approve Moderna Inc’s third vaccine for COVID-19, while Biden officials are trying to get more Americans vaccinated.
Moderna is expected to approve Thursday of a stimulant jab that includes 50 micrograms of vaccine, half the power of its standard but much higher drug than the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, which contains 30 micrograms.
A FDA last month approved Pfizer-BioNTech for promoting jabs of certain groups of people in the US.
The FDA advisory body will vote for Moderna boosters to be given for six months from when the second dose is given to people aged 65 or over, those at high risk of COVID-19 and to people between the ages of 18 and 64 who usually have coronavirus infections due to their function.
President Joe Biden, who is urging U.S. companies to comply with vaccine requirements, said Thursday that he expects the FDA to soon approve additional jabs with pediatric vaccines because the coronavirus epidemic in the U.S. appears to be coming to an end.
“It works. We are making progress, “Biden said in a statement to the White House.
After seeing an increase in the number of infections in the middle of the year, the US is now experiencing a decrease in COVID-19 cases, drowsiness and death.
Over the past six weeks, daily COVID-19 cases have dropped by 47 percent nationwide, while hospitals are down 38%, Biden said, citing White House COVID-19.
But U.S. officials fear that if North Americans gather in private homes in the coming months, the risk of disease could increase. “Now is not the time to slow down. We have a lot to do, “Biden said.
There are 66 million American adults who have not been vaccinated, he said.
The U.S. president has urged private companies to ask workers for vaccinations, and the U.S. Labor department is preparing to issue an emergency order requiring more than 100 employers to receive medical treatment.
“Every day, we see more and more businesses setting up vaccine requirements, and the results show that they are working,” Biden said.
Biden’s drive for vaccination has been hampered, however, especially in Republican-led areas of the country.
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott issued a decree on October 11 seeking to ban secret businesses from enforcing vaccinations. White House officials say state law is taking its place in state law.
“Vaccination should not be another problem that separates us. That is why we continue to fight the lies that are out there, “Biden said.
If the FDA signs Moderna’s legacy, as expected, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide special recommendations on who should shoot. Biden also said he expects Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine to be approved soon.
Following Thursday ahead of a vote expected by the FDA’s advisory body, Israeli health officials said the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had protected immunity from serious cases of COVID-19 in people 40 years of age or older in Israel.
“What we are seeing is a declining epidemic in Israel,” said Dr Sharon Alroy-Preis, director of health services at Israel’s Ministry of Health.
Alroy-Preis said a Israeli defense program, which now includes 50 percent of the world’s population, has begun to reduce disease even among the most vulnerable in Israel.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said summoned rich nations like the US to avoid throwing a boost until more people in less developed countries receive the first vaccine.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ordered $ 8bn ensuring that the COVID-19 vaccine can be fully distributed worldwide.