The FDA dealt a massive blow to Joe Biden’s plan to ‘fight’ the coronavirus on Friday, ruling by a significant majority that follow up booster shots to the vaccine were unnecessary for most Americans.
As CNBC reports:
An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday rejected a plan to administer booster shots of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to the general public, saying they needed more data.
The panel, however, could still clear the shots for older populations. Scientists continued debating the need for a third dose of the vaccines for people 60 and older after their initial vote, leaving open the possibility of other votes.….
The committee vote was expected to be a controversial one as some scientists, including two senior FDA officials who were involved in the meeting Friday, have said they aren’t entirely convinced every American who has received the Pfizer vaccine needs extra doses right now.
In a paper published days before the advisory committee meeting, a leading group of scientists said available data showed vaccine protection against severe disease persists, even as the effectiveness against mild disease wanes over time. The authors, including two high-ranking FDA officials and multiple scientists from the World Health Organization, argued Monday in the medical journal The Lancet that widely distributing booster shots to the general public is not appropriate at this time.
Thought technically ‘nonbinding’ the decision is still a major setback for Biden, who was reportedly planning on beginning the process of issuing booster shots to Americans as early as this fall.