EU drug regulator recommends Pfizer booster for people 18 and older

The European Union’s drug watchdog on Monday endorsed a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older.

Driving the news: The European Medicines Agency said booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine “may be considered at least six months after the second dose for people aged 18 years and older,” per a press release from the agency.

The agency also recommended a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine for “people with severely weakened immune systems, at least 28 days after their second dose.”The European Medicines Agency’s recommendations will now go to health authorities in the 27 European Union member states, AP reports.

The big picture: The announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month recommended Pfizer booster shots for individuals 65 years and older and at high risk of severe COVID-19.

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