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FDA authorizes booster shots of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for all adults in the U.S

This emergency authorization still needs the CDC green light but is a step forward to combat covid-19 infections.

EFE - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized this Friday the booster dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines against covid-19 for all adults in the U.S.

The authorization for emergency use of this third dose in the population over 18 years only now needs the green light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that they are generally available, something that could happen today.

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So far the US health authorities approved the use of this third dose for people over 65, as well as adults with medical problems or a high risk of contracting the disease.

Pending the federal decision, several states in the country have already allowed the administration of these booster shots for the adult population for weeks.

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"This authorization for emergency use comes at a critical time as we enter the winter months and we face increasing cases of covid-19 and hospitalizations across the country," Stéphane Bancel, Moderna's CEO, said in a statement.

The average number of daily infections has rebounded slightly in the country in the past weeks and now stands at 83,000 cases; while that of deaths maintains its progressive decline, and is around 1,000.

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The United States is the country hardest hit by the covid-19 pandemic with more than 768,000 deaths since the beginning of 2020.

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