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FDA Vaccine-Advisory Panelist Approves Moderna Booster Off “Gut Feeling”

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Public health agencies lecture the American public to ‘trust the science.’

That means study the data and make a critical analysis of peer-reviewed studies, right?

But for one FDA vaccine-advisory panelist, a gut feeling is sufficient.

The 19-member advisory committee made an unanimous decision to authorize Moderna boosters for individuals 65+, with underlying conditions, and 18+ at high-risk exposure.

It’s an identical decision the panel made with the Pfizer boosters.

For the Moderna booster, Dr. Patrick Moore of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine admitted the data wasn’t strong.

The professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry said “it’s more of a gut feeling.”

From The Wall Street Journal via Information Liberation:

Vaccine experts advising the Food and Drug Administration voted 19 to 0 Thursday to recommend authorization of an extra dose of Moderna Inc.’s MRNA Covid-19 shot, a key step in making booster doses available to millions more people.

A vaccine-advisory panel voted in favor of giving a Moderna booster shot at least six months after the second dose, to adults 65 years and older, as well as adults under 65 who are at high risk of severe Covid-19 or serious complications because of their jobs, living conditions or underlying medical conditions.

[…] Members of the FDA’s vaccine-advisory panel supported Moderna’s booster dose even though the evidence for it was from a small study and had mixed results.

“It’s more a gut feeling rather than based on really truly serious data,” said Patrick Moore, a member of the committee and a professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “The data itself is not strong, but it is certainly going in the direction that is supportive of this vote.”

Remember, follow the $cience.

Don’t worry about the record profits for Big Pharma!

 

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