Booster Program Decision: CDC’s Director Walensky Goes Against Her Own ACIP, Aligning with FDA, POTUS, and Pfizer

Booster Program Decision: CDC's Director Walensky Goes Against Her Own ACIP, Aligning with FD, POTUS and Pfizer

In a move evidencing a growing discord among federal health regulators, public health agencies, and other influencers in the medical establishment, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky rejected an instrumental advisory panel that for decades has established the agency’s approach to vaccination. This apparent chasm reflects a growing rift between two different groups—one that is aligned with an all-encompassing eradication of COVID-19 through mass vaccination, and an emergent, more calculated cohort—one proceeding with more caution should the data not be apparent. This group opting for more of a data-driven, risk-based approach was overruled by a director that may have politically compromised intentions. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on Thursday to discuss the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations concerning a third booster jab recommendation. An influential group, ACIP has provided advice and guidance on effective control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. civilian population since 1964. For decades, this advisory group has followed its mandate to drive data-driv...

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