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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will hold crunch talks on Thursday and Friday on whether to support booster doses of both Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

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The decision is seen as important to both the companies and the Biden administration’s vaccine rollout program, but scientific data, as in politics, is only part of the story and can be read in many ways. Studies so far suggest that mix-and-match boosters will do less work and may be far better for single-shot J&J recipients — but the FDA panel remains divided on the decision.

Meanwhile, state and federal lawmakers continue to battle over vaccine mandates, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott attempting to defy an order requiring all federal employees to be fully vaccinated, a California judge told federal prison workers. The measure has been blocked for, and the ongoing controversy has surrounded the mandate. Southwest Airlines pilots are being made to take the shots.

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Fauci tells pilots to stop worrying about ‘career-ending side effects’ of COVID vaccine

President Biden’s chief medical adviser said yesterday afternoon that airline pilots should be more concerned about the potential health consequences of contracting COVID-19 than any risk of potential side effects from vaccines.

We have examples of people – they aren’t necessarily pilots, maybe some – who have actually had COVID and had a vague but real impact on their ability to function normally.

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Common side effects of all vaccines include arm pain, low-grade fever, and other mild flu-like symptoms that last only a few days.

Full Story: Fauci warns vaccine-hesitant pilots: Getting COVID should be of greater concern

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FDA officials are preparing to meet today for the start of 48-hour crunch talks to recommend COVID booster shots for Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines.

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