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America: Top doctors disagree on plan to give booster dose

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Washington, Sep 18 (AP) US President Joe Biden and his health advisers had announced early supplies of a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to countrymen, but top doctors on Friday objected to the plan. The government’s advisory committee has completely rejected plans for large-scale COVID-19 booster doses and recommended additional doses of the vaccine only to those over 65 years of age or those at high risk. Biden announced on 18 August that the government would give boosters to all the people of the country.

Washington, Sep 18 (AP) US President Joe Biden and his health advisers had announced early supplies of a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to countrymen, but top doctors on Friday objected to the plan. The government’s advisory committee has completely rejected plans for large-scale COVID-19 booster doses and recommended additional doses of the vaccine only to those over 65 years of age or those at high risk.

Biden announced on 18 August that the government was preparing to give a booster dose to everyone in the country. The president said his administration would begin preparations for the launch of the program on September 20. Biden had said that the third dose would require approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Central Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Biden’s plan was objected to by global health groups, saying the US and rich countries should refrain from giving booster doses to citizens of poor countries until at least one dose.

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“From a global perspective, this is a waste of a scarce global resource that will result in deaths,” said Dr Peter Lurie of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The plan was criticized by those who cited a lack of safety data on additional doses.

Dr Paul Offit, one of the FDA’s advisors, said the administration had planned to give a booster dose but that analysis needed to be done. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said the FDA and CDC will independently assess the initial plan regarding booster doses. “We will study the evaluation and based on their recommendations a final decision will be taken,” he said.

AP Ashish Uma

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