CDC and FDA in joint statement pushing back a bit on Pfizer saying it thinks a booster shot is needed: pic.twitter.com/jIctdDRcAK
— Peter Sullivan (@PeterSullivan4) July 9, 2021
How often do America’s two top public-health agencies issue a joint statement telling a major pharma company, “Um, thanks, but the product you’re pushing is unnecessary”?
I think they have a good reason, which I anticipated in this post last night. They’re worried that Pfizer raising the prospect of a third shot at a moment when the feds are laser-focused on getting first and second doses into holdouts will spook the unvaccinated, turning them against vaccination irretrievably. “Two shots and you’re done” is a more attractive sales pitch than “Actually, you need three, and we’ll let you know if and when you need a fourth.”
A lot of bureaucrats are pissed at Pfizer today for complicating the message, I’d guess.