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CDC vaccine panel: Let regulators lead on Covid-19 booster shots

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Members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent vaccine advisory panel voiced frustration Monday with the Biden administration's plan to begin doling out Covid-19 boosters next month, arguing the announcement got ahead of federal regulators and could exacerbate vaccine hesitancy.

The White House strategy, which it announced earlier this month, is contingent upon FDA deeming boosters safe and effective and CDC recommending their use. Still, some CDC committee members made clear they were irked that the announcement came before federal regulators and scientists formally endorsed booster doses.

"That kind of opened the door to a lot of confusion," said Sandra Adamson Fryhofer of the American Medical Association during the panel's discussion of booster doses.

"Many, many, many" hospitals across the South have already begun administering third doses to their health care workers amid an explosion of Covid cases linked to the Delta variant, said Helen Keipp Talbot, a committee member and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University.

"I think since it was given with a date, many assumed that it was given a blessing by the White House and this was the next........

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