Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci has said the Biden administration’s booster shot rollout for the United States population is still likely, despite a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel disapproving the rollout plan in a Friday report.
“The story is not over because more and more data is coming in and will be coming in,” Dr Fauci said in a Sunday interview with the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
On the same day, Francis Collins, the Head of the US National Institutes of Health, expressed a similar view to Dr Fauci in a Fox News interview.
“I think the big news is that they actually did approve the initiation of boosters, and remember they’re taking a snapshot of right now. We’re going to see what happens in the coming weeks,” Collins said, “It would surprise me if it does not become clear over the next few weeks that administration of boosters may need to be enlarged.”
“Based upon the data that we’ve already seen both in the US and in Israel, it’s clear that waning of the effectiveness of those vaccines is a reality, and we need to respond to it,” Collins added.
“I’m a little troubled that people are complaining that the process isn’t working for them. . .The process is to look at the data, have the experts consider it, and then make their best judgment at that point, recognizing that the judgments may change.”
Last month, Mr Biden jumped ahead of the FDA, announcing a booster shot rollout targeting all ages from Monday, September 20.
The Friday FDA report voted against this announcement, approving only booster shots for individuals over 65 or medically vulnerable. A core concern during the panel meeting was the booster shots causing side effects for younger people and children.
Dr James Hildreth, a panel member, expressed his concern that the booster shot will cause myocarditis in young people. Another expert, Dr Melinda Wharton, said she is also uncomfortable with the myocarditis risk.
Meanwhile, a presentation to the FDA vaccine panel acknowledged that the Pfizer vaccine is killing more people than it saves.
However, Dr Fauci expects vaccines for children younger than 12 to be evaluated as early as October.
“Sometime in the next few weeks, as we get into October, we’ll be able to see the vaccines for children get enough data to be presented for safety and immunogenicity,” he stated.
Last week, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that the Big Pharma giant would likely release vaccine data for 6-month-olds to 5-year-olds in October. He continued that the firm will also soon release COVID-19 vaccine data for children between 5 and 11.
“Currently, there are still trials [for younger children] ongoing, and so the agency has to wait for the company to submit the data for those trials,” FDA vaccine regulator Peter Marks said last month.
“We certainly want to make sure that we get it right.”
Evidence suggests Dr Fauci funded gain-of-function virus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which may have caused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus pandemic.
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