Is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration drawing a line in the sand over coronavirus vaccine booster shots?
It appears as if some senior FDA officials are calling for a full stop to promoting a third vaccine shot to Americans—and two have even stepped down over it.
The two outgoing members of the FDA, Director Marion Gruber and Deputy Director Phil Krause, have contributed to a medical journal calling for vaccines to only be given to the unvaccinated for now, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Careful and public scrutiny of the evolving data will be needed to assure that decisions about boosting are informed by reliable science more than by politics,” the journal, primarily authored by Krause, states.
Rather than pushing a third vaccine shot for political reasons, the journal stated efforts should continue to be focused on inoculating the unvaccinated.
“Even if boosting were eventually shown to decrease the medium-term risk of serious disease, current vaccine supplies could save more lives if used in previously unvaccinated populations than if used as boosters in vaccinated populations,” the academic paper continued.
Notably, the paper also makes the case against a third shot for the “general population, in which efficacy against severe disease remains high.”
Additionally, it argues that booster shots “could adversely affect confidence in vaccines and undermine messaging about the value of primary vaccination,” according to Washington Examiner.
This comes after both FDA officials announced their resignation from the agency late last month amid reports that Joe Biden was planning to unilaterally push a third vaccine dose.
Regardless of their advice, the Biden administration proceeded to push the booster for most adults eight months after the initial two shots, New York Post reported.
“The administration’s booster plan; it wasn’t the FDA’s booster plan,” infectious disease expert Paul Offit, who serves on the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee, reportedly told Politico.
“The administration has kind of backed themselves up against the wall a little bit here,” he added.
Government officials firing back at the Biden administration’s clear overreach could cause its plan to over-vaccinate Americans to implode. If resignations continue, this could be a positive sign in the right direction for Americans who want to maintain their medical independence from a power-grabbing federal government.