It appears that if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gets its way, COVID vaccinations are here to stay and will be pushed once a year on Americans just as the flu vaccine is despite many questioning the efficacy of the jab and the dangerous side effects associated with it.
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The FDA advisory panel plans to vote on the yearly jab Thursday, according to the Daily Mail. The agency will more than likely approve it, advising Americans to get a shot every fall. The vaccine will be updated each year for new variants.
Government contracts with vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna are set to expire this year. That will cause the cost of the jab to potentially quadruple in price. Most Americans won’t feel that pinch directly because it goes through their insurance, but their premiums will almost certainly rise over it. The uninsured will definitely be feeling it if they choose to get inoculated.
If Americans were uneasy about getting the jab to begin with, the cost will be one more off-putting factor at play. Americans can expect to pay approximately $130 for Moderna’s vaccine, which is estimated to cost just $1.18 to make. That’s a 10,000 percent markup. The vaccine goes for about $26 a dose currently.
To be considered fully vaccinated, Americans typically have to have had two jabs of the original COVID vaccine and a booster.
Event materials are now available online for our next Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting, which is scheduled to start Thursday. The draft agenda, roster, briefing documents and other materials are posted here: https://t.co/6NNAii6nHi pic.twitter.com/I9TWeTW6Vh
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) January 23, 2023
If the FDA approves the move, the majority of Americans will be advised to get one COVID shot every fall, regardless of how many they had previously.
Pfizer and Moderna’s bivalent vaccines would be used for all COVID vaccine doses. Not just as boosters. It’s definitely an ongoing money-maker for big pharma.
The FDA is also considering recommending that some young children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals get two shots a year.
“FDA expects that simplification of COVID-19 vaccine composition and annual immunization schedules may contribute to more facile vaccine deployment, fewer vaccine administration errors, and less complex communication, all potentially leading to improved vaccine coverage rates and, ultimately, to enhanced public health,” documents released ahead of the panel meeting contend.
The committee will meet in open session to consider whether and how the composition for primary doses of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines should be modified and whether booster doses should be adjusted moving forward. https://t.co/B1XPFmPgTS
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) January 23, 2023
“I really believe this is why God gave us two arms — one for the flu shot and the other one for the Covid shot,” Dr. Ashish Jha, White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator, said in September according to the Daily Mail. President Biden is also pushing a yearly shot.
Some experts are questioning whether an annual jab is called for given the current data.
“It’s alarming that there hasn’t been organization around these vital questions so that we can actually answer them in a very enlightened and data-driven and knowledgeable manner,” Luciana Borio, a former acting chief scientist at the FDA who is now a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, stated according to STAT.
In April, she commented, “It’s so reactive. And we know that this just snowballs. And we end up being stuck with decisions that don’t really make sense.”
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