US FDA recommends booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine


WASHINGTON, Oct 16 — A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee on Friday voted to recommend authorizing a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, according to Xinhua news agency.

The agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously, 19-0, to recommend authorisation of a second dose as early as two months after the primary shot for anyone aged 18 and older, it reported.

The same committee on Thursday recommended Moderna booster shots to people aged 65 and older and other high-risk adults, in line with guidelines for Pfizer’s vaccine.

The FDA usually follows the advice of the committee, and a final decision by its regulators could come within days.