18 FDA Senior Officials: No Evidence that COVID-19 Vaccine “Boosters” Are Necessary

Medical staff prepares Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to be administered at the newly-opened mass vaccination centre in Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 2021. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo

18 officials of the Food and Drug Administration have signed onto a report rejecting the premise of coronavirus vaccine ‘booster shots,’ arguing that there’s no evidence a bonus dose of the vaccine is medically necessary.

The report, “Considerations in boosting COVID-19 vaccine immune responses,” recommends that boosters only be given to the immunocompromised.

The 18 FDA officials argue that the vaccines can save more lives among the unvaccinated than they can as booster shots.

Even if boosting were eventually shown to decrease the medium-term risk of serious disease, current vaccine supplies could save more lives if used in previously unvaccinated populations than if used as boosters in vaccinated populations.

The report comes as President Joe Biden’s government plans to push a ‘booster shot’ on already vaccinated individuals, recommending that the already vaccinated get a third dose eight months after their vaccination. At least two the senior FDA officials who challenged the premise of booster shots are planning to resign in protest in response to Biden’s promotion of boosters, with critics of the plan suggesting political motivations as Biden fails disastrously to deliver on a campaign promise to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Philip Krause and Dr. Marion Gruber both plan to resign in coming months as the Biden administration rolls out federal promotion of booster shots, according to reporting from the Daily Mail.

The officials in question argue for the US government to donate doses of the vaccine that would be used for ‘boosters’ to nations struggling to vaccinate their populations in the first place.

While the vaccines are strongly effective at preventing coronavirus infections from becoming potentially lethal and severe, they’re less effective at preventing individuals from contracting the disease to begin with.

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