Centers for Disease Control & Prevention director Rochelle Walensky told Fox News on Friday that her office “is absolutely following the science” on coronavirus vaccine booster shots, after an uproar over the president’s planned deployment Biden was suddenly devastated by a near-unanimous FDA advisory board vote against recommending recalls for the general population.
Walensky told “Special Report” presenter Bret Baier that she spent “hours” deliberating and discussing with various scientists and academics to corroborate what by definition ever-changing science says about the effectiveness of vaccines and the need for boosters or lack thereof.
“We absolutely follow science… I think what you’re starting to see is science is emerging. We are in a pandemic here. We actively obtain new information every day on the effectiveness of these vaccines, the effectiveness of boosters, the safety of these vaccines. And we update our advice every day and follow the science, ”said Walensky, who headed the infectious disease unit at Massachusetts General Hospital before his appointment by Biden.
Baier noted that the FDA advisory board voted 16-2 against the recommendation that the general population receive the booster, and that they subsequently voted to suggest the auxiliary jab for the immunocompromised and the elderly.
He asked Walensky to respond to comments from Trump-era medical adviser Adm. Brett Giroir, who denounced the apparent contradiction between the FDA, CDC and Biden:
“Now if it’s not confusing or not smacking of politics, I don’t know what it is. So, of course, this will lead to more hesitation about vaccines. Of course, this will backfire on some communities, ”said Giroir.
Walensky responded that another less covered vote by the FDA board was whether to give the recall to “frontline workers” – and that this particular tally resulted in a positive recommendation.
“This happened to our CDC advisory board and we discussed it. It was a tight call. And as you noted, the vote was 6 to 9. But we had a unanimous vote from the FDA. We had a tight call from the CDC And following the science, following the safety, I made the decision to go along with what the FDA said and a lot of what our advisory board said, ”he said. she declared.
Asked about the effectiveness of natural COVID immunity – that which comes from a human body that has developed antibodies after fighting the virus – Walensky said it was an important topic that is “actively scientifically monitored ”.
The Biden administration’s vaccine warrants have come under fire on the grounds that natural immunity played no role in the president’s decision earlier this month.
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“We know that people who have infection-induced immunity get a robust response. Some of them do. We have seen data to demonstrate this. We’ve also seen data that if you vaccinate these people, they’re two and a half years old. times more protected than they would have been if you didn’t vaccinate these people, ”Walensky replied in this regard.
“And this is the reason for the recommendation to vaccinate people who have immunity induced by infection. “