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Updated COVID vaccines: FDA announces emergency approval and authorization

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday that it has approved and authorized updated versions of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use.

The updated vaccines, which are manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, are “formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants,” particularly the Omicron variant XBB.1.5.

The vaccines have also been formulated to “provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death,” according to a news release from the agency.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices plans to meet on Tuesday to discuss “clinical recommendations” for the updated vaccine, along with guidance for high-risk groups.

Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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