FDA Experts Oppose US COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

An international group of scientists – including two of the main regulators in the United States – wrote this Monday in the specialized journal The Lancet that the average citizen does not yet need a reinforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The last: The experts reviewed the studies on vaccine performance and concluded that the injections work well despite the extra-contagious delta variant, especially against severe disease.

  • The op-ed illustrates the intense scientific debate over who needs boosters and when, a decision that the United States is grappling with right now.
  • The article’s authors include two of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top vaccine reviewers, Drs. Phil Krause and Marion Gruber, who will step down this fall.

What do they say? “Even in populations with fairly high immunization rates, the unvaccinated are the main drivers of transmission in this phase of the pandemic,” concluded the scientists who signed the article.

  • Larry Gostin of Georgetown University said the document “puts gasoline on the fire” in the debate over whether most Americans need boosters from COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The government medical team concluded that “none of these studies have provided credible evidence that protection against severe disease has been substantially diminished” for the boosters to be applied.

Main source of the news: AP


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