Pfizer to seek OK for 3rd vaccine dose; shots still protect

Pfizer said it will seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but the filling does not mean a third dose will be rolled out soon.

Posted: Jul 8, 2021 3:16 PM

Pfizer says it is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine.

The company said Thursday that another shot could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant.

Research from multiple countries shows the widely used COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against the highly contagious delta variant.

But virus-fighting antibodies naturally wane. Pfizer says early data from a company trial suggests people's antibody levels jump after they get a third dose. But the filing doesn't mean third doses would be rolled out any time soon.

Public health officials would have to decide if they're really needed.

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