The advisers also wrestled with the practicalities of endorsing a booster shot for only Pfizer-BioNTech recipients, when close to half of vaccinated Americans have received Moderna or J. & J. vaccines.
“I just don’t understand how, later this afternoon, we can say to people 65 and older, ‘You’re at risk for severe disease and death, but only half of you can protect yourselves right now,’” said Dr. Sarah Long, a pediatrician and infectious diseases expert at Drexel University College of Medicine in Pennsylvania.
I feel I do understand how, though of course I do not approve. Here is more from the NYT. And for a further multi-cocktail blitz of what I can only call immoral insanity:
Committee members also expressed concern on Thursday that some recommendations — particularly that certain younger Americans be allowed booster shots after an assessment of individual risks — would mean that only the wealthy and educated would gain access to additional shots.
Better that no one get such doses? Maybe so, just read further:
Some experts seemed to suggest on Wednesday that it might be better to hold off on recommending any booster shots until recipients of all three vaccines could qualify for them.
Still a train wreck, the whole thing. At least the CDC head has had the guts to override the vaccine panel. Of course there is no single way to get it right with a few rules, so how about injecting a greater dose of individual choice? Or do they need to make a special rule letting people in vaccine-shy Kentucky get boosters too?