Monday, September 13, 2021

Panel Of Scientists Determines Most People Don't Need Boosters; Moderna Plummets

As a growing chorus of scientists and activists question the Biden Administration's scramble to roll out booster jabs to Americans as quickly as possible, steamrolling the conventional approval process and leading to the resignation of two senior FDA officials, more research has just been released suggesting booster jabs simply aren't necessary for most people - especially those who have already been vaccinated once.

Governments would be better served to focus on immunizing the unvaccinated and to wait for more data on which boosters.

Shares of Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech traded lower on the news given that boosters were their key to an annual "Cash cow" business.

Now it's pretty clear that they're perhaps doing so to oppose the booster jab rollout.

The WHO has urged against broad use of boosters, saying it would make better public-health sense to focus on immunizing those who haven't gotten any shots yet whether because of anti-vaccine sentiment in countries with ample reserves, or because they live in places with little access to shots.

"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," the authors wrote.

What's more, boosters could lead to even more harmful side effects in the population, a phenomenon which isn't well understood, even as cases of heart inflammation have increasingly been tied to mRNA vaccines. 

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