A committee of scientific advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will vote on Thursday to decide who should get booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. The panel has a number of thorny questions to debate before reaching a decision that will shape the federal government’s guidance.
But who exactly are those experts on the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices?
According to the agency, the committee includes 15 voting members who are responsible for making recommendations on all kinds of vaccines. Their recommendations are not binding, but are very likely to influence who gets the booster shots in practice. Members are selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services after a lengthy nomination process.