Some researchers have argued that the proposal to repeat the vaccine every fall would help simplify the complex COVID vaccination schedule
The scientific community is divided over the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposal to repeat the COVID-19 vaccines once a year in an attempt to adopt a similar approach to the agency’s flu shots. .
At a meeting of the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee on Jan. 26, some researchers argued that the proposal to repeat the vaccine every fall would help simplify the complex U.S. COVID vaccination program and could ultimately boost vaccination rates.
However, other scientists are wary of the proposal of an annual repetition or of the possibility that citizens who do not belong to vulnerable groups should not be vaccinated against the corona virus from now on.
Angela Shen, a vaccine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, says the proposal, released Monday, “is conceptually not a bad idea.”
But he questions whether the data support a once-a-year vaccine because it suggests SARS-CoV-2 spawns new variants at a much faster rate than the flu.
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