According to reports, high-ranking health authorities in the United States have allegedly advised the White House to scale down its plans to provide COVID-19 booster injections to Americans later in the month.
During a conference on Tuesday, officials from the United States Food and Drug Administration and the United States Centers for Disease Preventive and Control both said that their organizations would not be able to properly examine the need for booster injections any time soon, according to the New York Times.
Health Officials Requested White House To Reduce Usage Of Vaccines
According to the New York Times, FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky informed Zients that under that timeline, their agencies might only be ready to control boosters for some people who have already received the Pfizer vaccine.
An increasing number of U.S. and foreign specialists are opposing Vice President Joe Biden’s proposals for booster shots, claiming that the scientific data does not yet justify the use of an additional dosage of vaccine.
Dr. Camille Kotton, an infectious disease expert at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, is one of many who have expressed doubt about the evidence collected thus far. She is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group, which would evaluate the necessity for booster doses before approval.
It was pointed out to her that the vaccinations now available on the market continue to offer excellent protection against serious sickness and hospitalization caused by infections caused by the now-rampaging Delta form of COVID. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which Kotton chairs, recently authorized a third dosage of vaccination for individuals with weakened immune systems.
However, Kotton clarified that the dose is not a booster shot, as some believe. Immunocompromised patients will instead get a three-dose vaccination series instead of a two-dose series, as opposed to the general public.
When it came to COVID, medical data revealed that individuals with immune system deficits such as solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow transplant recipients, and cancer patients need three doses of the vaccine to provide adequate protection against the virus, Kotton said.
As Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore acknowledged that the present increase in COVID hospitalizations and fatalities is being driven by the unvaccinated, he emphasized the need of being vaccinated.
Vaccines, according to Adalja, are “continually outperforming the competition” when it comes to maintaining people out of hospitals and mortuaries. Vaccines do not work as insect zappers.