- JUST THE NEWS - Greg Piper - FEB 6, 2022 -
"We literally change the rules at the FDA to try to bring a failed vaccine product to 6-month-old to 4-year-olds," University of California San Francisco epidemiologist says.
The push by federal public health authorities to give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to ever-younger populations is prompting forceful pushback by medical professionals who are harder to characterize as fonts of "misinformation."
Some are also questioning regulators' pressure on Pfizer and BioNTech to submit their emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine targeted to ages 6 months to 5 years, despite two-dose trials finding no benefit for children 2-5. The companies are now testing a third dose.
"We literally change the rules at the FDA to try to bring a failed vaccine product to 6-month-old to 4-year-olds," University of California San Francisco epidemiologist Vinay Prasad tweeted last week. "The administration is obsessed with pushing interventions on the low risk population."
The U.S. is at odds with much of the world and the World Health Organization, not for the first time on kids and COVID. "There is no evidence that healthy children or healthy adolescents need boosters," WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said last month. "No evidence at all."
Doctors are following the lead of senior FDA vaccine officials who resigned last fall reportedly in protest of its booster recommendation for adults. One of them later publicly accused the White House of "sidelining vaccine experts."
The feds have kept authorizing boosters for ever-younger populations, now as young as 12, despite their known higher risk of developing heart inflammation following mRNA vaccination, particularly in young males with the second or third dose.
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