In this episode, Ayesha discussed the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised individuals. These individuals would primarily include organ transplant recipients, as well as patients taking immunosuppressive drugs for conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS. Many people with weakened immune systems have been shown to have either low antibody titers, or none at all, after receiving a standard two-dose regimen of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA said additional vaccine doses for the general public are currently unwarranted. The editorial team discussed whether COVID-19 vaccine boosters could become a norm depending on how the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the pandemic it has caused, evolves.
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