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FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates

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07/13/2022

FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted

The FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted for the prevention of COVID-19 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 18 years of age and older.

Press Release / Public Statement
07/08/2022

FDA Roundup: July 8, 2022

The FDA announced approved COMIRNATY (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) for active immunization to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 12 through 15 years of age. The agency also finalized the Guidance for Industry (GFI) #245: Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals. Additionally, the agency will continue hosting virtual town halls for test developers for SARS-CoV-2 on July 27 and August 24 from 12:05 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET.

Press Release / Public Statement
06/30/2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Recommends Inclusion of Omicron BA.4/5 Component for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses

The FDA has advised manufacturers seeking to update their COVID-19 vaccines that they should develop modified vaccines that add an omicron BA.4/5 spike protein component to the current vaccine composition to create a two component (bivalent) booster vaccine, beginning in Fall 2022.

Press Release / Public Statement
06/17/2022

FDA Authorizes Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Down to 6 Months of Age

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children down to 6 months of age.

Press Release/ Public Statement
05/17/2022

FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose to Children 5 through 11 Years

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, authorizing the use of a single booster dose for administration to individuals 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Press Release/ Public Statement
05/05/2022

FDA Limits Use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to Certain Individuals

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has limited the authorized use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older for whom other authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines are not accessible or clinically appropriate, and to individuals 18 years of age and older who elect to receive the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine because they would otherwise not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Press Release / Public Statement
04/29/2022

FDA Roundup: April 29, 2022

On Thursday, the FDA updated the page, At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests, to include expiration date information to help consumers find the current expiration date for any FDA authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic test.

Press Release / Public Statement
04/29/2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Announces Tentative Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule Regarding COVID- 19 Vaccines

Today, the FDA is announcing its plans to hold virtual meetings of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) in anticipation of complete submissions of emergency use authorization (EUA) requests in the coming months that have been publicly announced by COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.

Press Release / Public Statement
04/15/2022

FDA Roundup: April 15, 2022

On April 14, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to InspectIR Systems for their InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer test. The InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer test is the first COVID-19 diagnostic test that detects chemical compounds in breath samples associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. The authorization for the InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer test is an example of the FDA’s continued commitment to support the development of innovative, appropriately accurate and reliable diagnostic tests that increase testing options for COVID-19.

Press Release / Public Statement
04/01/2022

FDA Roundup: April 1, 2022

The FDA published two FDA voices - “Give Your Community a Boost: Combatting Misinformation Through Communication and Research” and “FDA’s Technology and Data Modernization in Action in 2022.” The FDA also published findings from a facility inspection of Abbott Nutrition in Sturgis, Michigan, revised the guidance: Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19, denied two the request in two citizen petitions, published the FDA voices announced the extension of a public comment period, approved a new animal drug, updated a list of which regions in which the drug Sotrovimab is not authorized, approved a medical device to treat defects or legions that can occur in cartilage covering bones in the knee joint, authorized marketing of a medical device for measuring the brain temperature of neonates (infants less than four weeks old) and updated a fact sheet and FAQ regarding dosing information of Evusheld.

Press Release / Public Statement
03/29/2022

FDA Roundup: March 29, 2022

Today, the FDA authorized a manufacturing change for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to include an additional presentation of the vaccine for booster vaccination doses only.

Press Release / Public Statement
03/29/2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Second Booster Dose of Two COVID-19 Vaccines for Older and Immunocompromised Individuals

The FDA authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for older people and certain immunocompromised individuals.

Press Release / Public Statement
03/21/2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA to Hold Advisory Committee Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccines to Discuss Future Boosters

On Wed., April 6, FDA will hold a virtual meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to discuss considerations for future COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and the strain selection process to address current and emerging variants during the Fall season 2022.

Press Release / Public Statement
03/11/2022

FDA Roundup: March 11, 2022

As part of the FDA’s effort to protect consumers, on March 7, the agency issued a warning letter jointly with the Federal Trade Commission to Viraldine, LLC for selling unapproved products with fraudulent COVID-19 claims. On March 4, the FDA authorized an extension for the shelf life of the refrigerated Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, from six to nine months, allowing the product to be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius. Update: The FDA updated this safety communication to clarify that the ACON Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test (Self-Testing) in dark blue packaging is a product of ACON Biotech (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd.

Press Release / Public Statement
02/11/2022

FDA Postpones Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Request for Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 6 Months Through 4 Years of Age

The FDA has been notified by Pfizer that new data have recently emerged regarding its emergency use authorization request for the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in children 6 months through 4 years of age. Based on the agency’s preliminary assessment, and to allow more time to evaluate additional data, we believe additional information regarding the ongoing evaluation of a third dose should be considered as part of our decision-making for potential authorization.

Press Release / Public Statement
02/01/2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Request for Authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 6 Months Through 4 Years of Age

FDA announced a virtual meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on Feb. 15 to discuss the request for emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for use in children 6 months through 4 years of age.

Press Release / Public Statement
01/31/2022

FDA Takes Key Action By Approving Second COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA approved a second COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine; the approved vaccine will be marketed as Spikevax for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older.

Press Release / Public Statement
01/11/2022

FDA Roundup: January 11, 2022

The FDA announced in a letter of enforcement discretion that it does not intend to object to the use of certain qualified health claims regarding the consumption of magnesium and a reduced risk of high blood pressure (hypertension).

Press Release / Public Statement
01/07/2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Shortens Interval for Booster Dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Five Months

Today, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to shorten the time between the completion of a primary series of the vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months for individuals 18 years of age and older.

Press Release / Public Statement
01/03/2022

FDA Takes Multiple Actions to Expand Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to take several actions that will expand the use of the vaccine in certain populations.

Press Release / Public Statement
12/17/2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The FDA approved a manufacturing change for Comirnaty to include a formulation that uses a different buffer; and an abbreviated new drug application for increase blood pressure in adults with vasodilatory shock who remain hypotensive despite fluids and catecholamines (a class of neurotransmitters).

COVID-19 Update
12/14/2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Janssen COVID-19 fact sheets have been updated to include contraindications for people with a history of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine or any other adenovirus-vectored COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Update
12/09/2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Expands Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Dose to 16- and 17-Year-Olds

Today, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, authorizing the use of a single booster dose for administration to individuals 16 and 17 years of age at least six months after completion of primary vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Press Release / Public Statement
11/30/2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Actively Working to Investigate, Address Potential Impacts of Omicron Variant; Urges Vaccination and Boosters

FDA is working with federal partners, international regulators and medical product companies to quickly address any potential impacts of the omicron variant.

Press Release / Public Statement
11/19/2021

FDA Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The FDA amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines authorizing use of a single booster dose for all individuals 18 years of age and older after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Press Release / Public Statement
10/29/2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The FDA discussed the agency’s actions to expand the use of a single booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines in eligible populations. In addition, the FDA authorized the 11th over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 test and is investigating certain imported medical gloves that appear to have been reprocessed, cleaned or recycled and sold as new.

COVID-19 Update
10/29/2021

FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Vaccine in Children 5 through 11

The authorization was based on the FDA’s thorough and transparent evaluation of the data that included input from independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of making the vaccine available to children in this age group.

Press Release / Public Statement
10/26/2021

Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting

The committee will discuss a request to amend Pfizer-BioNTech’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for administration of their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to children 5 through 11 years of age. View livestream.

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10/22/2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Today, the FDA began posting materials for the next Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meeting, happening on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The committee will meet in open session to discuss a request to amend Pfizer-BioNTech’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for administration of their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to children 5 through 11 years of age.

COVID-19 Update
10/20/2021

FDA Takes Additional Actions on the Use of a Booster Dose for COVID-19 Vaccines

The FDA took additional actions regarding booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including authorizing heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster doses in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine. Listen to media call.

Press Release / Public Statement
10/14/2021 - 10/15/2021

Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting

The committee will discuss the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the ModernaTX Inc. COVID-19 vaccine and the Janssen Biotech Inc. COVID-19 vaccine for the administration of an additional dose, or “booster” dose, following completion of the primary series, to individuals 18 years of age and older. View October 14 livestream. View October 15 livestream.

Event
10/01/2021

FDA to Hold Advisory Committee Meetings to Discuss Emergency Use Authorization for Booster Doses and COVID-19 Vaccines for Younger Children

The FDA is announcing two upcoming meetings of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to discuss newly available data for the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.

Press Release / Public Statement
10/01/2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The FDA authorizes an emergency use authorization for one additional batch of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and the FDA’s Acting Commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock, discusses the authorization of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 Update
09/24/2021

Stakeholder Call: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose

Acting FDA Commissioner, Janet Woodcock, M.D. and Director, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., discuss the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose.

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