This month, the Joe Biden administration defied vaccination experts once again by allowing a fourth booster dose for elderly Americans.
The Food and Drug Administration stated that older individuals and young children with certain immune deficiencies can now receive another booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, but it did so without first calling a meeting of its vaccine advisory council.
“When last asked about boosters, the FDA’s advisory committee on vaccines voted 16-2 against authorizing a third COVID-19 shot for people under 65,” Heritage Foundation senior fellow Doug Badger told the Washington Examiner. “The FDA hasn’t sought their advice ever since.”
Pfizer and Moderna’s campaign for a fourth booster shot has been questioned by several scientific experts, who claim that there is no evidence that it is necessary.
“The issue of a fourth dose is not on the current agenda because two doses and a booster are working very well,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and one of the advisers on the FDA’s panel.
Another expert, Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, said the Biden administration’s decision to ignore the advice of its experts has “led to distrust and confusion in the American public.”
Last week, President Joe Biden made a public appearance to receive his fourth shot, using the chance to press Congress for more funding for COVID-19.
“This isn’t partisan, it’s medicine,” he claimed. “If we fail to invest, we leave ourselves vulnerable if another wave of the virus hits.”