President Biden’s Sept. 20 deadline for rolling out coronavirus booster shots has been marred by pushback from scientists, citing a lack of reliable scientific data, resulting in the recent resignations of two FDA senior officials. For some, the move contradicts his vow to “follow the science” on matters related to COVID policy.
Public health experts are speaking out that keeping pace with the White House’s Sept. 20 timeline put increased pressure on scientists, who are analyzing the evidence, to proceed with the administration’s strategy and timeline, the New York Times reported. The issue was put on full display earlier this week, when two FDA officials – the director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research & Review Marion Gruber, and its deputy director Phil Krause – filed their resignations from the agency.
Gruber and Krause reportedly quit over a disagreement they had with the FDA’s top vaccine official, Peter Marks, and the Biden administration’s push to roll out the vaccine booster shots.
The incident comes after Biden’s message of following the science was echoed across the nation last year, with Biden’s campaign website stating, “Whatever the state of the COVID pandemic on the day Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office, their administration will: Listen to science, Ensure public health decisions are informed by public health professionals, Restore trust, transparency, common purpose, and accountability to our government.”
After the election, Biden has continued using the phrase and idea, while also touting the Sept. 20 timeline during various events with the media. Just last Friday, he said “this booster program is going to start here on September the 20th, pending approval of the FDA and then a CDC committee of outside experts.”
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