Booster Dose proposed by US Govt lands in a debate at FDA Meeting

Sat Sep 18 2021 14:33:23 GMT+0530 (IST)

One thing no country wants to hear currently is the resurgence of the Coronavirus cases. Sadly, the United States is facing the wrath of the sudden spike in the new infections with the major share of states seeing growth in the new cases triggered by the ongoing pandemic.

As to bid to fight the sudden surge in many states in the country, the government had reportedly come up with the step to use the Covid-19 booster shots. However, the proposal was caught up in the middle of a big argument.

It is said that the officials of the health department in the United States were of the opinion that the booster doses are needed in this situation and a few officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were against the proposal.

A panel that aims at advising the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reportedly said the information collected in the research. However, the booster doses were permitted for the American nationals for the age group of 65 and more. The doses were also recommended by the panel for people who are at the higher risk posed by the Covid.

The proposal was brought with the theory that says the immune system offered by the vaccine doses will come down after four months of taking the vaccine doses. To beat this, the booster dose was brought into the scene. The booster dose is said to be effective towards the dreaded Delt variant as well.

The debate over the booster dose had started with the United States President Joe Biden ensuring that the booster dose of Covid will be made available in the country from September. The announcement was made in August.

As per the proposal brought by the Joe Biden Administration, people who received the second dose of anti-Covid dose can take the booster dose and the gap between the second dose and the booster dose should be eight months. If it gets into effect, the new proposal sees more than 5 million people in the United States will take the booster dose.