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White House, HHS defend booster shot plan announced ahead of approval

With the White House and federal health officials deciding in August to announce plans for COVID-19 booster shots for many Americans ahead of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approval in August are standing. extra dose.

The announcement, issued by eight top government doctors on August 18, provides clear evidence that the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine wanes over time and reveals plans to roll out booster shots in response. The Biden administration then planned to start giving booster shots to more Americans from September 20.

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on Friday morning discussed whether a booster dose would be recommended. It voted 16-3 against providing boosters for most people, but recommended it for people over the age of 65 and those at high risk. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) will meet for a two-day meeting next week to make its recommendation.

The decision to announce in August has raised questions about whether the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have put undue pressure on regulatory agencies to approve the booster by making public the potential need for a third dose.

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US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy said on Friday that the announcement was made for two reasons: transparency and planning.

“If we saw a sign indicating to us that security is decreasing and additional shots may be needed, we will be transparent and open to the public,” Vivek said. Shot for the population. You can’t flip a switch and do this overnight. There is important planning that needs to be done. “

The White House also backed the August announcement this week when Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters: “Our aim is to be prepared as this whole process moves forward. It’s always been pending ACIP and FDA approval.”

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Nick Ciolino covers the White House.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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