Resigning FDA advisers say COVID-19 boosters unnecessary for most
An international group of scientists says that current evidence doesn’t indicate a general need for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. The group includes two senior Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials who are reportedly resigning from their positions over a disagreement with the Biden administration on COVID-19 boosters.
The researchers published their findings in The Lancet on Monday, arguing that the data is too insufficient to implement a widespread booster protocol.
“Careful and public scrutiny of the evolving data will be needed to assure that decisions about boosting are informed by reliable science more than by politics,” the authors wrote. “Widespread boosting should be undertaken only if there is clear evidence that it is appropriate.”
Among the researchers are Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review, and her deputy director, Phil Krause. Gruber will step down in October, and Krause will follow suit in November.