FDA Advisory Panel Rejects Widespread Pfizer Booster Shots

COVID-19 illustration by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential federal advisory panel has rejected a plan to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans.

The vote Friday, 16-2, was a blow to the Biden administration’s plan to shore up people’s protection against the virus amid the highly contagious delta variant.

Over several hours of discussion, members of the Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts voiced frustration that Pfizer had provided little data on safety of extra doses.

And they complained that data provided by Israeli researchers about their booster campaign might not be suitable for predicting the U.S. experience.

By MATTHEW PERRONE and LAURAN NEERGAARD, The Associated Press
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