Pfizer to explore pneumococcal vaccine with Third booster of Covid Jab

New York: Pfizer Pfizer, in a statement on Monday announced a study to explore co-administration of its pneumococcal vaccine along with a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in older adults.

It said, "the first enrolled subjects have received their immunizations as part of a new study in adults ages 65 or older exploring the coadministration of the company's 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (20vPnC) candidate following a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an emergency use authorization (EUA)". The trial aims to describe safety when both vaccines are co-administered, with follow-up six months after vaccination and to describe immune responses produced by each of the vaccines.

The trial will include 600 adults who will be recruited from the pivotal Phase 3 Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine trial and will have received their second dose of the vaccine at least six months prior to entering the co-administration study.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had announced that Covid vaccine recipients will "likely" need a third dose between six to 12 months after they're fully vaccinated. The company is now testing a third booster shot of its vaccine on fully vaccinated people.

Boosters and new versions of vaccines that target the Covid variants are already being explored by both Pfizer and Moderna.

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