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(Reuters) -Pfizer Inc and its German associate BioNTech SE (NASDAQ:) have submitted to U.S. regulators the preliminary information from an early-stage trial towards looking for authorization of a booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, the drugmakers mentioned on Monday.
They mentioned the third dose confirmed considerably greater neutralizing antibodies towards the preliminary SARS-CoV-2 virus in comparison with the 2 doses in addition to towards the Beta and the extremely infectious Delta variants.
Pfizer (NYSE:) has mentioned its vaccine’s efficacy drops over time, citing a examine that confirmed 84% effectiveness from a peak of 96% 4 months after a second dose. Some international locations together with Israel have already gone forward with plans to offer booster doses.
Nevertheless, the choice by a number of wealthy international locations to purchase booster photographs has drawn the ire of well being activists and the World Well being Group, which has known as for a moratorium on boosters till at the least the top of September.
Pfizer and BioNTech had mentioned that each one sufferers within the trial acquired the third shot, BNT162b2, eight to 9 months after their second dose.
The drugmakers will submit the trial information to the European Medicines Company and different regulatory authorities within the coming weeks. They mentioned outcomes from a late-stage trial of the third dose are anticipated shortly.
Final week, U.S regulators licensed a 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna (NASDAQ:) Inc for folks with compromised immune methods who’re prone to have weaker safety from the two-dose regimens.