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The FDA panel stopped the extra modern and Johnson & Johnson doses
Today, an FDA advisory committee recommended a second dose of Johnson & Johnson shots. Fewer Americans received the vaccine than mRNA shots, so there is less data overall, but the group recommended that a second dose be available for those 18 and older two months after the initial vaccine. On Thursday, the same committee unanimously recommended booster shots for modern vaccine recipients who are 65 years of age or older or part of other vulnerable populations. The next step will be for an advisory panel at the Centers for Disease Control to discuss additional levels at a meeting scheduled for next week. If they approve, distribution may begin shortly thereafter.
The first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, the third dose, was approved in the United States in August, and since then, President Biden has used extra shots as an effective way to protect vulnerable Americans. But the boosters did not go unnoticed, especially since many countries around the world are still struggling to collect the initial dose.
Epidemic travel restrictions around the world are removed
The Biden administration announced today that from November it will lift travel bans for fully vaccinated visitors from countries including European countries, China and Iran. There will be strict requirements for travelers coming from places other than these approved countries. Next month, the United States will lift a ban on fully vaccinated travelers entering the country from Canada or Mexico by land. A different border policy will apply to immigrants.
Outside of the United States, many other countries are also raising the need for stricter travel, which was the case in most cases of the epidemic. Australian officials say vaccinated travelers arriving in Sydney will no longer need quarantine from next month. After 19 months, India is about to start allowing foreign tourists. And Bali and Malaysia will also soon be open to vaccinated visitors.
Despite the pushback, the government’s vaccine mandate rules are under final review
Last month, President Biden instructed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to write rules regarding the company’s vaccine mandate, and earlier this week the agency presented its proposal to the management and budget office for a final review. Several state attorney generals have said they will oppose the move, but many businesses have already implemented their own protocols in accordance with the president’s executive order. For example, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines recently upheld their employee orders even though both are located in Texas, where the governor has banned such policies. And another space company, Boeing, recently joined the company’s ranks so workers can get their shots.