FDA considering Pfizer app for COVID Booster footage Friday – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Pfizer and Moderna are pushing to give a third “booster” dose of their mRNA vaccines.
The Biden administration was on board a month ago.
You will be able to get booster shots at one of about 80,000 vaccination sites nationwide. President Biden said.
However, the final decision on the booster shots rests not with the White House, but with an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is set to meet Friday to consider Pfizer’s request for permission for a third dose.
This comes at a time when medical journals are filled with different opinions.
Messages about potential enhancers have muddied the waters, says Dr. Monica Gandy of the University of California, San Francisco.
“I think the messages from the White House have terrified vaccinators and made non-vaccinators think that vaccines don’t work,” Dr. Gandhi told CBS News.
In an article published in the British medical journal The Lancet, the scientists – including two outgoing Food and Drug Administration employees – argue that “the evidence currently available does not show the need for widespread use of booster vaccines.”
Research from Israel from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that weakened immunity to severe disease may occur and that a booster significantly reduces the risk of developing severe disease.
Meanwhile, the delta variant continues to wreak havoc in communities across the country, with more than 1 million new cases and 13,000 deaths last week alone. Increasing injuries are causing some medical systems to stretch beyond their breaking point.
“We’re seeing our cross-border community in Idaho now entering a standards-of-care crisis, and it really is every physician’s worst nightmare,” said Dr. Daniel Gates of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.