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CDC Panel Recommends Moderna COVID-19 Booster Shot

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's or CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or ACIP voted Thursday to recommend the use of a booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the 50 µg dose level for people aged 65 and older; people aged 18 to 64 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19; and people aged 18 to 64 with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The positive vote was unanimous with 15 ACIP members recommending the booster, Moderna Inc.(MRNA) said in a statement.

The ACIP recommendation follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization for a booster dose, which was granted on Wednesday.

The ACIP recommendation has been forwarded to the Director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for review and adoption.

Moderna estimates that the authorization of a booster dose of mRNA-1273 at the 50 µg dose level and subsequent approval could result in up to 1 billion extra doses being available for distribution in 2022.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is authorized for use under an Emergency Use Authorization for active immunization to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older.

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