Pfizer and BioNTech have been working on a COVID-19 Booster or third dose of the shot, and it is intended to give more protection against the virus and the many variants that came after it. Its target date for its FDA Approval would be on August, giving the drug manufacturers more time to tweak and ready the booster shot for any changes or revisions. 

COVID-19 has been taking control of the entire world, and the vaccines presented by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson's, and others, gave people a chance to fight back. But what Pfizer aims to bring is more than to fight back, but to eradicate the virus and help people immunize against it better. 

Pfizer COVID-19 Booster: FDA Approval in August

Vials and medical syringe are seen in front of Pfizer logo in this illustration
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Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020.

According to Bloomberg, Pfizer research head Mikael Dolsten revealed that the company is aiming to "fast track" the approval of the FDA for the company's COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. This is the popular "third dose" of Pfizer and BioNTech's mRNA-based vaccine that is designed to give the body the immunity it needs to fight against the virus. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would still need to approve the vaccine booster for its emergency use authorization, so that it may be administered to Americans and other recipients. Additionally, Pfizer's booster would still be analyzed and studied by the experts and health professionals for its safety, before getting its approval to distribute.

Earlier this year, Pfizer and BioNTech have already studied the initial benefits of a booster shot against COVID-19, and the pharmaceutical company has insisted on its importance to support the first 2 doses.

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COVID-19 and Variants, Will Booster Get Rid of It?

Vaccines and boosters cannot get rid of diseases or viruses like COVID-19 and its variants, but what they can do is to protect more against the virus, giving the body a fighting chance. This means that people would be safer on a day-to-day basis, especially when going into public and associating with other people.

Pfizer's vaccine is one of the best shots in the world against COVID-19, featuring the modern and initially experimental material of mRNA or messenger ribonucleic acid. Now, this material and base are believed to be the "future of vaccines," as they showed a promising rate of protection compared to the traditional adenovirus used by AstraZeneca and others.

Are Booster Shots Safe?

Booster shots are safe if they are approved by the FDA for their use among the public. Generally, a booster shot is like the first two doses one has received, but what it does is to further the vaccine's effect by administering another round of antibody introduction to one's immune system.

This is usually given a few months to a year after the first two doses, as seen in earlier diseases and vaccination efforts like the flu, polio, tuberculosis, and others. 

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