Setting a timeline for Covid-19 booster doses before a full review of data was an avoidable distraction on the part of the White House, and the focus right now needs to be on people who are not yet vaccinated, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health Dean Dr. Ali Khan told CNN on Friday.
“I think we need to agree that this was a self-inflicted distraction by the White House, when they announced a date certain – an outcome certain – before the full FDA and CDC process,” Khan told CNN’s Erica Hill
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is meeting Friday to review data on a potential third dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine.
“We have 2,000 people dying a day currently, still about 100,000 people hospitalized. So the focus should be on the 67 million people who have not been vaccinated. They are the ones driving this pandemic, not those who have already been fully vaccinated," he said.
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show just over 25% of Americans eligible to be vaccinated have not gotten a single dose yet, and more than 1.9 million Americans have received an additional dose – or booster – of a Covid-19 vaccine.