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Here’s the expert panel that will vote on Moderna and J.& J. boostershots.

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A committee of scientific advisors to the Food and Drug Administration will meet Thursday and Friday to examine available data on using additional doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to boost immunity. A vote will be taken on whether or not to recommend emergency authorization for booster shots for recipients of those vaccines.

While the panel’s recommendations are not binding, it is highly likely that they will influence the FDA’s decision — usually issued within a few days of the advisory committee’s weigh-in. If the agency says yes to the boosters, the process goes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Who are the experts on the FDA’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biologics?

The committee now has 19 voting members who are scientific authorities in various fields, including immunology, vaccine safety and virology. Many are doctors.

dr. Arnold Monto, the acting chair of the committee, is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

These are the other voting members:

  • dr. Archana Chatterjee, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, is the dean of Chicago Medical School and vice president of medical affairs at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

  • Captain Amanda Cohn is a physician and senior official who oversees vaccine policy at the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

  • dr. Oveta fuller is a trained pathologist and a associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

  • dr. Hayley Gans is professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Stanford University Medical Center.

  • dr. James Hildreth is a professor of medicine and the president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College.

  • dr. Randy Hawkins is a practicing physician specializing in internal medicine and sits on the committee as a consumer representative.

  • dr. Michael Kurilla is a senior official with expertise in infectious diseases and vaccine development at the National Institutes of Health.

  • dr. Jeanette Lee is a professor of biostatistics at the University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark., and a clinical trials expert.

  • dr. Ofer Levy is the director of the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

  • dr. H. Cody Meissner is a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Children’s Hospital in Boston.

  • dr. Patrick Moore is professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • dr. Michael Nelson is a professor of medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is also president of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

  • dr. Paul Offit is a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

  • dr. Steven Pergam is an infectious disease expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and an associate professor at the University of Washington.

  • dr. Stanley Perlman is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa and a pediatric infectious disease specialist with expertise in coronaviruses.

  • dr. Eric Rubin is editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and an infectious disease expert at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

  • dr. Mark Sawyer is a professor of pediatrics and a pediatric infection specialist at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

  • dr. Melinda Wharton is the associate director for vaccine policy at the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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