Saturday, September 18, 2021

Doubtless News That Surprises You Not At All

 The Other McCain Explains Why FDA Will Not Approve the Booster For All

The panel opposed the proposal by a vote of 16-12.
“I don’t think a booster dose is going to significantly contribute to controlling the pandemic,” Dr. Cody Meissner, Tufts University professor, said as panel members debate the requirement for a booster shot. “And I think it’s important that the main message we transmit is that we’ve got to get everyone two doses.”
“At this moment it is clear that the unvaccinated are driving transmission in the United States,” added Dr. Amanda Cohn of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Booster shots by Pfizer or Moderna have already been greenlighted for Americans who are immunocompromised.
The FDA panel’s overwhelming rejection came despite full-throated arguments about the need for boosters from both Pfizer and health officials from Israel, which began offering boosters to its citizens in July.

Pfizer is a multibillion-dollar enterprise and, like other companies marketing COVID-19 vaccines, they stand to profit handsomely from Biden’s plan to make vaccination mandatory. Guess what? Pfizer spends a lot of money on political contributions, ranking in the Top 200 of donors in the 2020 cycle, with more than $4 million in contributions, not to mention spending another $11 million on lobbying activity. Joe Biden repeatedly claimed that his COVID-19 policy would be based on science, but big money and political “optics” are clearly a factor. Last month, while Afghanistan was collapsing in chaos, Biden started talking up the idea of COVID-19 booster vaccinations, and two members of the FDA panel resigned in protest against the political pressure:

Joe Biden has said he would “follow the science” on coronavirus policy, but two Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have just resigned in protest against what they claim is political pressure to push coronavirus booster shots.
According to Politico, the two top FDA vaccine regulators — Marion Gruber and Philip Krause — resigned from the agency over what they see as “uncomfortable similarities between the Biden team’s top-down booster plan and former President Donald Trump’s attempts to goad FDA into accelerating its initial authorization process for Covid-19 vaccines and push through unproven virus treatments.” . . .
In fact, as many as 11 current and former FDA officials told Politico that they have grown frustrated with the administration’s “disjointed process” regarding the booster shots. . . .
In August, the HHS released a joint statement with medical health officials announcing the release of coronavirus booster shots by September 20, but senior health officials told Politico that “political appointees within the White House largely steered” the statement instead of the FDA and other medical professionals.
“The tension within the administration plus open skepticism from outside experts has fueled finger-pointing and divisions among health agencies,” according to Politico. “Career scientists, in particular, have been confused and surprised by the process, multiple people involved in the talks said.”
FDA officials were also confused over the fact that Biden abruptly shifted from suggesting that boosters be recommended 8 months after the first shots to 5 months after the first shots. His suggestion allegedly came “after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.”

About two-thirds of American adults (myself included) are fully vaccinated, and most of the unvaccinated people are just against it, period. So that means the end of Big Pharma’s government-funded vaccine profit bonanza is approaching quite soon. That’s the real reason (not “the science”) why the Biden administration is now trying to make vaccination mandatory, and also why they were trying to get booster shots approved. Big money is involved, see? And there’s also the narrative factor — Biden wants to be able to take credit as the Hero Who Defeated the Killer Virus, and he’s also desperate to distract from his debacle in Afghanistan and the mess he’s made on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Make no mistake about it.  The goal is legitimate (everyone vaccinated) but count on Democrats to turn it into a profit for Big Pharma.

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