BREAKING NEWS: Biden pledges the U.S. will have enough COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for EVERY American – but decisions on how to roll them out and who will get them will be left up to the FDA and the CDC
- President Joe Biden pledged that the federal government has bought enough COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for every American
- But he insisted that decisions on when to approve vaccines and who should receive them will be left up to the FDA and the CDC
During a press briefing n Thursday, the commander-in-chief said the federal government has bought enough third doses to give to every vaccinated resident and that they will be available for free.
However, he said the decision about boosters – including when to authorize and who should receive them – will be left up to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
‘My first responsibility as president is to protect the American people and make sure we have enough vaccine for every American – including enough boosters for every American – who is approved to get one,’ Biden said.
President Joe Biden pledged on Thursday (above) that the federal government has bought enough COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for every American
In his speech, Biden noted that breakthrough cases, in which a fully vaccinated person contracts the virus, do occur.
But he stressed that they are with only one confirmed positive case per 5,000 fully vaccinated Americans per week.
‘You’re as safe as possible and we’re doing everything we can to keep it that way, keep you safe. That’s where boosters come in,’ Biden said.
Last month, the Biden administration announced initial plans for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots eight months after receiving the final dose.
During a media briefing, officials said adults over age 18 who received the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines could get a third dose starting the week of September 20.
At the time, there were no plans in place for those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Currently, boosters shots are only approved for immunocompromised Americans aged 12 and older.
However, after this announcement, health officials at the FDA and the CDC voiced the frustration with the administration.
They stressed that Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna had only just submitted clinical trial data to the FDA and that neither had demonstrated that boosters were needed after eight months,
What’s more, they felt that September 20 was too soon of a deadline to approve boosters for everyone but those with weakened immune systems.
During the press briefing, Biden stressed that all decisions surrounding COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be left up the FDA and CDC.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.