The Energy of the Headline
Yesterday, around 4:30 pm, the headlines of the FDA decision in most outlets read “FDA denies third shot”. By the time I sat down to write this post, the headline on CNN had changed to indicate that FDA advisors first rejected Pfizer’s booster application – but then voted to recommend a third shot to certain Americans. Perhaps the decision was made late in the meeting. If so, why would there have been any news before the end of the meeting? I found Take screenshots on Twitter by scrolling back a few hours. You can see the AP tweet. Meanwhile in Israel reports have been found that a booster vaccination could take 12 days in the elderly. 12 days.
(CNN) Advisors to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted on Friday to recommend emergency approval for Pfizer’s booster six months after full vaccination for Americans 65 and over, as well as those at high risk for severe Covid-19.
That vote came after the group voted for the first time and rejected a broader motion: approving the third vaccination for all Americans 16 and older, six months after they were fully vaccinated.
Dr. Steven Pergam, medical director for infection prevention for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, expressed concern that the Recommendation, approved by the licensed counselors, covered non-medical personnel who are at high risk of exposure to the virus, even if they are not necessarily at high risk of serious illness.