Virus Outbreak Boosters

In this file photo, Parsia Jahanbani prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in a mobile vaccine clinic operated by Families Together of Orange County.

The average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top US regulators — wrote Monday in a scientific journal.

The experts reviewed studies of the vaccines’ performance and concluded the shots are working well despite the extra-contagious delta variant, especially against severe disease.

“Even in populations with fairly high vaccination rates, the unvaccinated are still the major drivers of transmission” at this stage of the pandemic, they concluded.

The opinion piece, published in The Lancet, illustrates the intense scientific debate about who needs booster doses and when, a decision the US and other countries are grappling with.

After revelations of political meddling in the Trump administration’s Coronavirus response, President Joe Biden has promised to “follow the science.” But the review raises the question of whether his administration is moving faster than the experts.

The authors include two leading vaccine reviewers at the Food and Drug Administration, Drs. Phil Krause and Marion Gruber, who recently announced they will be stepping down this fall. Among the other 16 authors are leading vaccine researchers in the US, Britain, France, South Africa and India, plus scientists with the World Health Organization, which already has urged a moratorium on boosters until poor countries are better vaccinated.

In the US, the White House has begun planning for boosters later this month, if both the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree. Advisers to the FDA will weigh evidence about an extra Pfizer shot Friday at a key public meeting.

Georgetown University’s Larry Gostin said the paper “throws gasoline on the fire” in the debate about whether most Americans truly need boosters and whether the White House got ahead of scientists.

(1) comment

Jimzan 2.0

FUNNY...Seems the CDC (Center for Doubt and Confusion) does not mention acquired immunity (at all)...Maybe because the parasites realize there is no PROFIT in "acquired immunity". CDC is nothing more than trash in my book...Human Trash..with Fraudci being the lead Trash Bag. The CDC has not done "anything" that can be called an accomplishment...they haven't cured AID's , Ebola, or even the common cold. What a waste of money.Fraudci sure enjoys the free money you send the lying parasite (IMHO). Keep it coming Cowards. Now.... Mask Up and Kneel...!!

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