Two top federal health officials reportedly warned the Biden administration Thursday they might not rubber-stamp COVID vaccine booster shots for the general public as expected later this month.
Instead, they might only recommend certain recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine be added to the list of people approved for third shots, the New York Times reported Friday.
President Biden previously announced a plan that would ask all fully vaccinated Americans to get a booster shot eight months after they received their second shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
He said the booster program was expected to begin Sept. 20, and he planned to get his third shot once eligible.
In the meeting Thursday, FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock and Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned the White House that their agencies might only have a more curtailed recommendation to start, The Times reported.
Pfizer took until last week to complete its booster shot application with the FDA, and Moderna only initiated its application on Wednesday.
On Sept. 17, the FDA’s outside advisory committee is due to publicly review Pfizer’s data supporting a booster shot. Pfizer is asking for approval on booster doses for people 16 and older, but at least one prominent member of the FDA panel who works at a children’s hospital in Pennsylvania has called the request premature.
“There is no compelling reason to get a third dose” now, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told The Times.
He said the Biden administration’s expectation that the FDA and CDC would go along with its promoted timeline was partially responsible for the announced departures this week of two top FDA vaccine regulators.
“Bypassing and marginalizing those agencies led veterans who you need in this pandemic to leave the FDA,” Dr. Offit said, referring to the departures of Dr. Marion Gruber, who heads the FDA’s vaccines office, and her deputy, Dr. Philip Krause.
Gruber and Krause reportedly said they wanted to see more data before encouraging third booster shots for the general population starting this month.
While research shows the full benefits of vaccination appear to wane over time, it’s still not clear when exactly the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines get to a point that they no longer offer robust enough protection to ward off severe illness and hospitalization.
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IMO it won’t matter WHAT That health board recommends.. THE Commucrats in office, will do what ever they want.
We may never discover the actual facts but it is vividly obvious that we have been lied to over and over again.
We were told:
Just wear a mask for a few days to flatten the curve.
Continue to wear a mask plus follow social distancing.
Your favorite restaurant is “temporarily” closed.
For your own benefit, get the jab because it will make you completely immune.
After you get the jab, continue to wear your mask.
After the jab, wear your mask AND social distance.
You will need TWO jabs.
Now that you have received two jabs, get your booster.
Now that you have all THREE jabs, wear a mask and social distance.
And the non-PC “rumors” keep saying ALL of this is an evil plot to harm you.
Then the “rumors” are censored off all “ligitamate” news sources so you won’t become “misinformed.”
Yet the rumors insist that there ARE effective alternative preventatives &/or treatments, but your doctor is prohibited from prescribing them.
The communist Chinese deliberately manufactured the virus intended to kill humans.
The communists in America shut down the economy (on orders from the Chinese).
The deep state invested heavily in big pharma and ONLY their (ineffective) medicines are approved. “If people die, so what.”
Believe either extreme as you please. You may live or die according to your choice.
As Reagan said, the only thing that is ‘unending in america’, is “TEMPORARY GOVERNMENT programs!”