FDA authorizes Omicron boosters

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized updated versions of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna that are tailored to be more effective against the Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The updated shots, retooled to target the BA.5 strain that accounts for most cases in the U.S. today, are expected to become available after Labor Day.

Between the lines: The reformulated mRNA shots got regulators’ blessing without first being tested in humans.

They are also the first to move ahead without an FDA advisory committee weighing in, marking a shift that more closely mirrors the annual flu shot approval process.

The Biden administration is prioritizing speed over having all the data on how the vaccines work in real life. Some experts warn that this could make some people leery about getting the reformulated shots.


Thus encouraging proliferation of swarms of covid mutants able to exploit the narrowly focused, synthetic gene treatments. This is not a blunder. It is the next front in an asymmetric war against a civilization of formerly free people. ABN

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