The FDA staff declined to take a stance on whether to back booster shots of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, saying U.S. regulators haven’t verified all the available data.
Overall, data indicate that currently US-licensed or authorized COVID-19 vaccines still afford protection against severe COVID-19 disease and death in the United States,” they wrote in a 23-page document.
The staff report is meant to brief the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, which meets Friday to review Pfizer’s request to approve Covid booster doses for the general public.
I guess they won’t offer any of the current FDA commissioners a spot on their board for their vote
Biden admin will still push for it. They will tell everyone they are following science as they continue to completely ignore it for political and monetary gain.
10% for the big guy
admittedly this is a bit troubling and just going to throw more fuel in the vaccine skepticism.
The Biden administration has said it wants to begin offering booster shots to the general public as early as next week, pending authorization from the FDA. The move is part of President Joe Biden’s broader plan to confront a higher number of Covid cases fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant.
Scientists and other health experts have repeatedly criticized the plan, saying data the federal health officials cited wasn’t compelling and characterizing the administration’s push for boosters as premature.
There is currently not a consensus in the biomedical community on boosters for the general public, said Dan Barouch, an immunologist at Harvard Medical School.
They need more evidence on when they are needed and how long the immunity lasts especially by age group. There is mounting evidence suggesting kids 12-18 should not even be given a second shot.