FDA, CDC Say Vaccinated People Don't Need COVID-19 Booster Shot 'At This Time'

Headline Roundup July 9th, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a joint statement released Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need a third "booster" shot at this time. The statement also stressed that people who are fully vaccinated are protected from the Delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in the U.S. and in other countries. Meanwhile, Pfizer is expected to seek authorization for a third shot after an internal study found that that a third dose of its vaccine was five to 10 times better at defeating the virus than two doses.

The news was covered across the political spectrum. Some coverage from left-rated sources focused more on Pfizer's plans to develop a booster shot and highlighted concerns about the Delta variant. Some reports from right-rated outlets put less emphasis on the "at this time" detail of the FDA-CDC statement, and typically focused on data that suggests vaccines are effective.

From the Right
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If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you don’t need a booster shot to protect against the Delta variant, the US government says.

The CDC and the FDA teamed up to issue a reassuring statement after Pfizer announced it was developing a booster shot against what is now the country’s dominant strain.

The Thursday evening press release said inoculated Americans were “protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating the country.”

The unusual after-hours joint statement comes as Pfizer and German partner BioNTech SE said they plan to ask...

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From the Left
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Drugmaker Pfizer said Thursday it is seeing waning immunity from its coronavirus vaccine and says it is picking up its efforts to develop a booster dose that will protect people from variants.

Pfizer said it would soon publish data about a third dose of vaccine and submit it to the US Food and Drug Administration, European Medicines Agency and other regulators. The company specified it would seek FDA emergency use authorization for a booster dose in August.

But in an unusual move, two top federal agencies said Americans don't need...

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From the Center
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People who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus do not need a booster shot at this time, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint statement released Thursday evening.

What they're saying: "People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta," the FDA and CDC said.

"Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. FDA, CDC, and [the National Institutes...

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