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On Boosters, It's the White House vs FDA vs CDC vs Fauci vs 'The Science'

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In a virtually unprecedented move, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky announced at 1:00 a.m. last Friday that she was very broadly approving booster shots for people under 65 whose occupations may put them at heightened risk from the coronavirus.

While the announcement aligned with a September 17 recommendation by experts at the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), it directly contradicted a key CDC advisory panel, which had advised against approving boosters for people under 65. The panel in turn contradicted President Joe Biden. On August 18, he declared to all Americans, "Get a booster shot.... It will make you safer, and for longer. And it will help us end the pandemic faster."

This is yet another instance of the Biden White House and various public health entities offering confusing, shifting or outright contradictory guidance, weakening their own claims to authority and sowing distrust that undermines attempts to end this pandemic.

Many young, healthy Americans are delaying or declining vaccination because they are at low risk of death, according to the CDC. Furthermore, they have received no clear answers to legitimate questions about the safety of, and the conflicting opinions about, COVID vaccination and the inconsistently recommended boosters.

And there are, indeed, many such questions.

Why, for instance, did Biden's White House declare in August that it would begin a national campaign to administer booster shots, while the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices was still studying the issue and had not made any recommendations?

Were patients still expected to follow the "get a booster shot" recommendation while their antibodies against COVID were still adequate? Why wasn't that specified in Biden's........

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