- Unpublished data from Israel suggests next week is driving the Biden administration’s decision to provide all Americans with a Covid booster shot
- Israeli data reportedly shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine becomes less effective over time
- According to Politico, these findings are ‘more widespread and more alarming’ than US figures
- Still, since these data are not yet public, many US scientists — including FDA officials who have pushed back against boosters — are currently unconvinced that booster shots are necessary for all Americans.
- Israeli data will reportedly be released soon, potentially later this week
This data reportedly provided strong evidence to the White House’s COVID-19 team that the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine becomes less effective over time, unnamed officials told political.
Officials claim Israel’s findings are ‘more comprehensive and more alarming’ than US figures.
Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told Politico the data provides ample evidence that ‘you will be affected.’
Still, since these figures are not yet public, many American scientists and public health experts do not agree that booster shots are necessary for the entire population.
Biden administration officials are backing up the planned vaccine booster shot rollout with unpublished data from Israel, Politico reports. Image: Dr Rosalee Valensky (CDC Director) and Dr Anthony Fauci testify before the Senate, July 2021
So far, about 63 percent of American adults have been vaccinated, and many will soon be eligible for booster shots if the Biden administration follows through with its planned September rollout.
Booster shots – the third dose of COVID vaccines – have been a major source of debate for the American scientific community in recent weeks.
In late August, the Biden administration announced that booster shots would be available to all Americans who received either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines eight months after their second shots.
The booster shot rollout is set to begin on September 20 – although President Joe Biden has pledged that the rollout will not begin until the appropriate federal agencies provide the right.
The potential rollout has caused tension in those agencies — the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Leaders from both agencies have argued that booster shots are not yet necessary for all Americans.
In fact, two FDA officials — Dr. Marion Gruber and Dr. Philip Krauss — have announced that they plan to resign after the booster shot was announced.
Those two experts joined sixteen other senior FDA officials in writing a report recently published in The Lancet, which argued that there is no evidence for booster shots at this time.
The authors of the Lancet wrote, ‘Even if boosting is ultimately shown to reduce the medium-term risk of serious disease, the current vaccine supply could save more lives, if used as a booster in a vaccinated population. used in previously unrelated populations.
But the White House COVID team reportedly has access to data that shows booster shots are necessary to reduce the risk of serious illness, according to Politico.
These data – which are not yet available to the general public – are derived from research in Israel.
According to two government sources who spoke to Politico, Israel’s findings reportedly show that ‘the ability of the Pfizer vaccine to prevent serious disease and prevent hospitalizations is decreasing over time.
Fauci said he found the Israeli vaccine efficacy data impressive. Pictured: Fauci in May 2021
Israel has been a source of vaccine efficacy data throughout 2021 as the nation has an earlier and faster rollout than the US
Unlike other countries, the US has also not extensively tracked breakthrough cases, other than cases that lead to hospitalization or death.
Israel is one of the first countries to offer the booster shot, which began in July with residents age 60 and older and now includes residents over the age of 30.
The US booster shot plan could follow a similar trajectory.
The CDC has published some studies suggesting that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines become less able to protect recipients from infection over time, suggesting a potential need for boosters.
a study published on 10 September found that the vaccine’s effectiveness against infection decreased from 91 percent to 78 percent during delta growth.
But according to Politico, the Israeli figures are reportedly ‘more comprehensive and more alarming’.
CDC analysis shows that during delta surge, COVID vaccines become less effective at protecting Americans from infection
Fauci said these unpublished data suggest that vaccines tend to be less effective, to an extent ‘that you will be affected.’
“I would be very surprised if the US data does not eventually resemble Israeli data,” Fauci told Politico.
The new data will reportedly be released soon, possibly later this week.
Based on current public information, however, many scientists are skeptical about whether widespread booster shots are necessary in the US.
For example, physician and COVID commentator Dr Eric Topol has argued that boosters should be Provided to adults over the age of 60 – Not for all Americans.
Many experts currently argue that the US government should instead prioritize sending doses of the vaccine to other countries where the majority of the population has not received a shot.
The Biden administration says the government could push for booster shots at home and vaccinations abroad at the same time.