President Joe Biden will take a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on camera, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
Psaki was responding to a question about how soon Biden, 78, would get his booster shot, a Pfizer-BioNtech mRNA-based vaccine.
“He’ll do that, and he’ll do it on camera. I don’t have a date for you at all,” she said at a White House press briefing.
“It’s important to note — just a little step back — there are still some extra steps in the process,” Saki said.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Panel on September 17 voted to support the Pfizer booster for individuals 65 and older and those at high risk of contracting COVID-19 , a disease caused by the CCP ( Communist Party of China) virus.
That same day the same advisory panel voted 16-3 to recommend against boosters for all people over the age of 16, saying that data is needed to determine whether booster doses are safe and effective. .
The FDA has yet to comply with the recommendation. It is not obligated to follow the guidance of an advisory panel, but it usually is.
The role of the FDA is to approve or authorize vaccines, while the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is to recommend what and how vaccines are used.
Saki said ACIP is now “planning to meet.” A meeting on how to distribute the booster across the country is scheduled for next week.
“Based on his recommendation, we are certainly ready to work on the plan,” said Saki. “And that includes giving the president his booster shot.”
President and First Lady Jill Biden receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on December 21, 2020, and her second dose on January 11.
Biden administration officials announced in a joint statement in mid-August that the booster was likely to be available by September 20. At the time, Biden said the plan was for every adult to receive a booster shot eight months after receiving their second shot. .
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on September 19 that fully vaccinated Americans should not receive a third shot of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if they are not 65 or older. Is. risks, and waiting until they are in the range recommended to take the shot.
He said in an interview with CNN that there is “always a theoretical risk” if people go ahead and get the shot without following government guidance “because the study just hasn’t been done to look at safety and immunity. Everyone.” “
“Theoretically, if you look at things, it’s very unlikely that there’s going to be a risk, but scientifically you don’t want to go by ‘probability.’ You want some scientific evidence,” Fauci said “And that’s why right now we recommend that people follow the guidelines in line with FDA approval and CDC recommendations.”
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