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Paul Offit (72) is not getting a booster and neither should any healthy person who had COVID
Boycott is the only way to make companies run RCTs b/c FDA works for Bourla
The Biden administration asked Marion Gruber and Phil Krause at FDA to approve the initial booster (dose 3) for all ages. They refused, and ultimately resigned citing political pressure. Since then, many colleges and universities mandated this controversial decision and later the bivalent booster in young adults— despite uncertainty about net effect.
This fall, one more unproven dose marches forward. A new shot is scheduled to debut this month. In the US, CDC has hinted it will be pushed down to 6 months of age. Meanwhile, the UK and Australia advise it only to 65+. This difference is staggering.
These facts paint a concerning picture that the US policy is unjustified. Paul Offitt maker of the RotaVax agrees. He says in Science, that he, aged 72, will not get the fall booster.
He goes on
What is the take away?
The new fall booster should not come under auspices of EUA — this emergency pathway is not appropriate for healthy Americans who are not facing an emergency.
The new fall booster should not be given to healthy adults without an RCT demonstrating benefit
What is the absolute risk to young healthy people— CDC needs to report risk of hospitalization due to COVID in young ages (not with COVID)— they have not done so, and Paul calls for it.
No institution should mandate the fall booster
It is unclear if even 72 yo’s benefit, and I agree with Dr. Offitt. I would not advise a healthy person who had COVID to take the booster
Congress should investigate communications btw FDA, White House and Pfizer— these decisions should be made by FDA independent of the White House. It seems as if that is not the case.
If you agree with Paul Offitt, and me, and don’t plan on getting any more boosters, like this post and share it with a friend or your hospital administrator.