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FDA authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine booster for U.S. adults

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A health worker draws a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a vial during a vaccination event hosted by Miami - Dade County and Miami Heat, at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, U.S., August 5, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Nov 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized booster doses of Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine for all adults, a move aimed at addressing waning protection among fully vaccinated Americans in the face of Delta variant-driven breakthrough cases of the illness.

Earlier in the day, Moderna (MRNA.O) said the FDA extended the emergency use authorization of a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine to all adults aged 18 and older. read more

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel is expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether to recommend the booster doses for the broader population. read more

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Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru, Editing by Caroline Humer and Bill Berkrot

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