Coronavirus Update: Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Shows Antibody Response In Young Kids
Plus, Vaccine Progress In India
The companies announced data from their Phase II/III study in children aged 5-11 and intend to take them to regulators to expand Comirnaty's authorization; also, an expert panel advising India's drug regulator endorsed plans for a Phase III trial of a single-dose Russian vaccine, Sputnik Light, and vaccines from other Indian firms progress.
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Advisory committee meeting reflected internal tensions among FDA staff on need for boosters and adequacy of the data; mRNA vaccine Comirnaty should be authorized for a third dose in populations at high risk for severe disease or exposure, panel says after overwhelmingly rejecting Pfizer's bid for booster approval in the 16-and-older population.
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