EU approves COVID booster shot - AstraZeneca

STORY: AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use as a booster in the European Union.

That’s according to the British drugmaker Monday (May 23).

It means the vaccine - called Vaxzevria - can be used as a third-dose booster in adults.

The shot would also be suitable for those who have been inoculated by an mRNA vaccine - like those developed by Pfizer and Moderna.

AstraZeneca said ‘ensuring the longer duration of immune protection was essential for the long-term management of the global health crisis’.

A committee of the European Medicines Agency backed its shot as a booster last Thursday (May 19).

It comes just weeks after the regulator allowed the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s booster for adults who had been previously inoculated with other vaccines.

Many vaccine makers have said that most shots this year will be boosters, or first inoculations for children.

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