A CDC panel on Thursday voted in favor of approving the latest Covid booster shot that hasn’t even been tested on humans.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky still has to give the final approval.
The latest Covid booster was supposedly reformulated to ‘protect’ against Omicron subvariants.
The new COVID boosters were not tested on humans – only mice.
The boosters got emergency authorization this week and a CDC panel on Thursday voted to recommend the shots for people over the age of 12.
ABC News reported:
An independent panel of advisors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted in favor of rolling out the newly-updated COVID-19 booster shots, paving the way for CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to give the final sign-off on the boosters sometime Thursday evening or Friday and for shots to be administered soon after.
The new booster shots have been updated to target two different COVID strains in one shot — the current omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, which make up 99% of new cases in the U.S., and the original strain of COVID-19.
This is the first time current COVID-19 vaccines have had a major upgrade. In the future, experts expect the vaccines could be updated periodically to match current strains — akin to the way the flu shot is slightly different each year.
Public health officials directed the vaccine companies to create a bivalent vaccine — a vaccine that targets two different strains — in the hopes that the compilation will provide broader protection against COVID this fall and winter, as infections could rise with flu season, the cold weather and more time indoors.
The Pfizer bivalent booster will be available to everyone over 12, while the Moderna bivalent booster will be available to everyone over 18.