(PresidentialInsider.com)- During his rather divisive COVID speech on September 9, President Joe Biden spent a bit of time promoting his plan to offer booster doses of the COVID vaccine to everyone over the age of sixteen.
The President, in an attempt to clear up what he called “some confusion about boosters,” said that because “government doctors” believe that boosters are likely to provide the “highest level of protection yet,” the administration purchased enough booster doses in preparation to distribute and administer them widely once they are authorized.
A week later, the panel for the FDA voted 16 to 3 not to approve a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for anyone over the age of 16.
While the FDA conceded that there is a “subset of the population” who are at high risk for COVID that could benefit from a booster shot, there is a lack of sufficient data supporting the claim that more shots are needed for anyone outside of that subset.
Once again, the Biden administration put the policy cart before the science.
In late August after the administration announced a plan to begin providing booster shots on September 20, Dr. Fauci appeared on “Meet the Press” where he said that he was certain that Americans would “need that third dose.”
But that was then.
As is so often the case, Dr. Fauci has flip-flopped.
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Fauci said that he supports the FDA’s decision to reject booster shots for most Americans, saying “I don’t think they made a mistake.”
When Jake Tapper pressed Fauci on previously advocating for booster shots, Fauci said that his support for boosters was based on his personal stance, and despite his personal opinion he supports the decisions of the FDA panel.
Fauci added that because new data is coming in every day, the FDA’s position may change in the near future, and he would support any future FDA recommendations on boosters provided they are based on sufficient data.
Dr. Fauci did say that he would be getting a booster since he is eighty and falls into the “subset of the population” the FDA says should get the additional shot.