Biden is wrong again on the science. Will he and his minions notice?

Science panel crushes the president’s plans for booster Covid shots. A “major blow.

By a vote of 16-2, a science advisory committee opposed a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older.

At the same time, the panel endorsed the shots for high risk patients and people over 65.

The New York Times reported:

The vote came after a sharp debate in which many of the panel’s independent experts, including infectious disease doctors and statisticians, challenged whether the data justified a broad rollout of extra shots when the vaccines appear to still offer robust protection against severe Covid-19 disease and hospitalization, at least in the United States.

“It’s unclear that everyone needs to be boosted, other than a subset of the population that clearly would be at high risk for serious disease,” said Dr. Michael G. Kurilla, a committee member and official at the National Institutes of Health. 

Here’s a takeaway from the panel’s debate and decision: Science isn’t always settled. Different views exist. New challenges pop up. Politically motivated claims about “settled” and “consensus” are not just anti-science but also dangerous to the commonweal. Such claims are based on the premise that Americans are ignorant and stupid.

Some other points made in the New York Times story:

*The recommendation was the latest in a series of setbacks for President Biden’s booster plan since he first announced it a month ago…

*In a remarkable public display of internal dissension, two F.D.A. scientists co-authored a medical journal article earlier this week arguing that there was no credible evidence yet in support of booster shots for the general population….

*The F.D.A. committee’s vote followed hours of presentations by officials from Pfizer, the C.D.C., the Israeli government and independent experts on the complex array of data they have collected up until now about the waning effectiveness of Pfizer and other vaccines over time.”

To get a true picture about how much expert scientists can disagree, please read the entire New York Times story.

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  • The science is indeed settled about the effectiveness of the vaccines.
    Biden is not a scientist, but he is taking the advice of the scientists. Because the data is complex, there is a difference of opinion among the epidemiologists. Instead of using this difference of opinion to pillory Biden, you should be encouraging the Trump supporters to respect the settled science on vaccines and get vaccinated. So many of these anti-vaxers are dying because of the misinformation peddled by right-wing partisans like yourself.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Last year when the vaccines were the "Trump vaccines" you had Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi declaring that they would not take the jab. Now that these are the "Biden vaccines" the science is settled?

    Breaking news for the CNN viewer: it is not only Trump supporters who are wary of the jab, but a significant percentage of the African American community, who are not known for their Trump support, are not vaxxed.

    As for the settled science of the vaccines... if the vaccines work why haven't they worked? Check the data from Israel and Iceland, two of the most completely vaxxed populations on the planet.

    There is no "settled science" on these current shots, as trial phases are not completed and long-term side-effects won't be known for many years.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Have you been vaccinated? If so, why?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Do you have herpes? If so, why?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    As usual, no straight answer. What are you afraid of?

  • My health information is my business. Again, do you have herpes? Why don't YOU answer?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    No. So I can't give you any advice. Please see a doctor.

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