The spiking cases in the United States made the Government consider booster shots for the American citizens. But the decision doesn’t look going well.
The Biden government waiting for the FDA approval for booster doses came with a shock. The FDA and CDC both stated that the period for analyzing the data for booster shots is very less.
Federal Health Officials Against The Covid Boosters, Says Some Medical Experts
The United States officials asked the White House to step back on their call for Covid-19 booster doses. The White House earlier announced that the booster doses will be available for American citizens from 18 September. Approval from FDA and CDC is still awaited. The FDA was about to conduct a meeting regarding the same on 17 September.
The New York Times reported that both the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration informed the White House that they are unable to assess the need for booster doses in the near future. President Joe Biden promised American citizens in mid-August that “every adult will have booster doses.”
FDA Acting Commissioner and CDC Director informed, “their agencies will only be able to decide on boosters doses for some people who have received the Pfizer vaccine.”
Various groups in the US and international experts have stepped back against the booster dose. They argue that the scientific evidence does not so far support an extra dose of vaccine.
Dr. Camille Kotton, an infectious disease specialist is one among those questioning the decision. She also serves on the CDC advisor panel that would review the booster doses.
She also added that the vaccine prevents strong prevention and protection against severe illness and hospitalization.
The vaccinated people do not require hospitalization most of the time. “They have mild viral syndrome”, she says.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved a third dose for immunocompromised citizens and people with medical conditions. They clarified that
it should not be considered as the booster dose, “it is the third dose and part of the primary vaccination.”
Dr. Amesh, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said that the surge in Covid cases is caused majorly by the unvaccinated. “The vaccinated people need not worry”, he added.
Putting the third dose as a booster dose in the vaccinated people will not change the scenario that much. The prime focus should be on vaccinating the unvaccinated.
Adalja said the vaccines are working well to keep the hospitalization rate low. He continued that “this virus is not going, we cannot kill it with booster doses.”
The FDA is conducting an advisory board meeting on September 17. The board will be reviewing data from Pfizer-BioNTech for the booster dose.
The Times reported that a member of the FDA advisory panel called it “too soon” for the approval of booster doses. The Director of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vaccine Education Center told the Times that there is “no reason for getting the third dose.”