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CDC signs off on COVID-19 boosters for all


A patient waits to receive a COVID-19 booster at a pharmacy in Denver on Nov. 3. Associated Press/Photo by David Zalubowski

CDC signs off on COVID-19 boosters for all

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined the Food and Drug Administration on Friday to approve Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus booster shots for all adults. While an expert CDC panel previously expressed concern about the lack of research on rare side effects in younger adults, on Friday advisers said the benefits outweigh the risks. Health officials said the blanket approval will simplify the process for Americans seeking boosters. The panel also recommended that all adults older than 50 get a booster shot.

Do boosters work? Research suggests that vaccine immunity against mild and asymptomatic infection wanes after several months. Pfizer reported its booster was 95 percent effective at increasing antibody levels and preventing infection. Moderna has not submitted efficacy data because its clinical trial is ongoing. Several countries have warned young men to avoid Moderna’s vaccine due to concerns that it might cause myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. CDC officials told their advisory panel that there is not enough data on boosters yet to study this side effect. In a study presented on Friday, the CDC found 54 cases of heart inflammation following Pfizer or Moderna vaccination. Twelve of the cases are attributed to the vaccines, and 38 are under review. Roughly 195 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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DWES4537

“ Pfizer reported its booster was 95 percent effective at increasing antibody levels and preventing infection. Moderna has not submitted efficacy data because its clinical trial is ongoing.” One of the requirements for any study is for the study authors to state any economic associations they would have concerning said study. I’m sure Pfizer has no axe to grind and yet here they are quoted front and center. It’s a leaky vaccine at best and based on vaers maybe much worse.

EGUI6497

"In a study presented on Friday, the CDC found 54 cases of heart inflammation following Pfizer or Moderna vaccination."

And they wonder why people are vaccine hesitant. They are warning away people from taking the vaccine for a condition that occurs in 0.002% of people. I can understand caution, but this is getting to the point of expecting perfection from things that can never achieve it.

RCRE8109EGUI6497

I agree. While it is not statically equitable to make this comparison, by just looking at raw the data, with over 770,000 dead from Covid-19 virus measured against the risk of heart inflammation, at a count of 54, it is undeniable that the virus is way more deadly.

DWES4537EGUI6497

Give it a couple of years and the CDC numbers will be found to be woefully inaccurate. If you want good numbers check with a doctor that actually treats covid patients successfully.