U.S. Becomes First Country to Give mRNA COVID Vaccine to Babies

U.S. Becomes First Country to Give mRNA COVID Vaccine to Babies

On June 15, 2022 the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously advised the FDA staff to grant Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) amendment to allow their mRNA COVID vaccines to be given to children under age five and as young as […]

FDA Panel Recommends EUA for Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA Panel Recommends EUA for Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

Despite concerns about the risk of developing myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart) following vaccination with Novavax’s experimental NVX-CoV2373 (also known as “Nuvaxovid” and “Covovax”) COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted on June 6, […]

Pfizer, Moderna Apply for EUA for COVID Shots for Infants, FDA to Decide Quickly

Pfizer, Moderna Apply for EUA for COVID Shots for Infants, FDA to Decide Quickly

On June 1, 2022, Pfizer and BioNTech submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to distribute their messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 (also known as “Comirnaty”) COVID-19 biologic for children as young as six months to five years old. The application is for a three-dose regimen, […]

Pfizer CEO Received $24.3 Million in Total Compensation for 2021

Pfizer CEO Received $24.3 Million in Total Compensation for 2021

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, who recently announced that a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose will be necessary for everyone who has already gotten three doses, was awarded $24.3 million in personal financial compensation in 2021. In addition to his $1.69 million salary, which increased by 15 percent, Bourla took home a cash incentive of $8 million, […]

FDA Approves Fourth COVID Shot. Fifth Shot Considered.

FDA Approves Fourth COVID Shot. Fifth Shot Considered.

On Mar. 29, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a second booster dose (a fourth shot) of the Pfizer/BioNTech messenger RNA (mRNA) biologic BNT162b2 (“Comirnaty”) and Moderna/NIAID mRNA-1273 (“Spikevax”) for people 50 years of age and older, as well as younger individuals who are immunocompromised. The second booster would be given no […]

White House Reveals Plans to Give COVID Shots to All 5 to 11 Year Old Children

White House Reveals Plans to Give COVID Shots to All 5 to 11 Year Old Children

On Oct. 20, 2021, the Biden administration outlined plans to begin giving COVID-19 vaccinations to children between five and 11 years old. Pending the results of reviews of the plan by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) over the […]

Two FDA Officials Resign Over White House Booster Shot Decision

Two FDA Officials Resign Over White House Booster Shot Decision

Two senior officials of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have stepped down from the COVID vaccine review team at a critical time in the approval process. While the FDA did not cite a specific reason for the departure of two veteran officials, Endpoints News reports that widespread frustration in the regulatory agency began […]

FDA’s Expert Panel Recommends COVID-19 Booster Dose for Seniors and Others, Rejects Booster Dose for Children

FDA’s Expert Panel Recommends COVID-19 Booster Dose for Seniors and Others, Rejects Booster Dose for Children

Despite not convening the Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) last month to vote on effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (licensed under the name COMIRNATY), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened the advisory committee on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 to vote on booster doses of the vaccine.1 The […]

FDA Approves BioNTech’s Comirnaty. Pfizer COVID Shot Remains Experimental.

FDA Approves BioNTech’s Comirnaty. Pfizer COVID Shot Remains Experimental.

On Aug. 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to a Biologics License Application (BLA) submitted by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH of Mainz, Germany on May 18, 2021 for a biologic drug called COVID Vaccine, mRNA. The FDA gave permission to BioNTech to label the product “Comirnaty” and market it in […]