Despite not convening the Vaccines and Related Biologic Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) last month to vote on effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (licensed under the name COMIRNATY), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened the advisory committee on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 to vote on booster doses of the vaccine. . . . READ MORE.
Published September 20, 2021 | Best in Video
“Vaccination is still a choice for most people, but men and women who work in the healthcare industry are required to get the shot. All healthcare employees in New York state must get vaccinated. No exceptions. This includes hospitals, nursing homes and several others kinds of healthcare facilities. … And I know that this is problematic because, I recognize this because we’re having a shortage of workers in these healthcare facilities. And many of them are vaccinated, I thank them, but we have to encourage more people to get vaccinated so they can be in their workplace and we can get back to normal and take care of people who are sick or who are in these various facilities.” . . . WATCH VIDEO.
Michigan State college has to answer in court for its new COVID-19 vaccination mandate that does not exempt individuals who have acquired natural immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus after recovering from the infection. The federal class action lawsuit filed by New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) on behalf of a school employee, who was subject to disciplinary measures despite a lab test demonstrating the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, alleges that the college’s policy violates the 9th and 14th Amendment of the Constitution. . . . READ MORE.
On Sept. 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order mandating all employees of the executive branch of the federal government in the United States to be fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus by Nov. 22, 2021. “It’s simple: If you want to work for the federal government, you must be vaccinated, President Biden said. In the executive order, he writes: . . . READ MORE.
Published September 12, 2021 | Opinion
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer of CNN on Aug. 5, 2021, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, MD, said that, while she believed the COVID vaccines “work well” with the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus “with regard to severe illness and death,” they are no longer able to “prevent transmission” of the virus. . . . READ MORE.
Opinion | “Breakthrough cases” of people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to increase throughout the United States. In recent weeks, there have been reports of breakthrough cases “rising” or “accelerating” or “spiking” in numerous states. Even though these breakthrough cases are reportedly “rare,” given that 176 million Americans have been “fully” vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Aug. 3, 2021, which represents 53.6 percent of the U.S. population, there appears to be growing public concern about this phenomenon. . . READ MORE.
Published September 6, 2021 | Best in Video
Back in May, the CDC decided to only track severe breakthrough COVID cases in order to better monitor overall conditions. But, according to a piece in Politico, the agency is using outdated and unreliable data and it’s impacting the Biden administration’s ability to make major pandemic decisions, including who needs to get booster shots and when. . . WATCH VIDEO.
A new retrospective observational study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University and Maccabi Healthcare in Israel found that unvaccinated individuals who developed an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were considerably more protected against the Delta variant of the virus than those who had received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) biologic BNT162b2. . . READ MORE.
Published September 4, 2021 | Opinion
On Aug. 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to a Biologics License Application (BLA) submitted by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH of Mainz, Germany on May 18, 2021 for a biologic drug called COVID Vaccine, mRNA. The FDA gave permission to BioNTech to label the product “Comirnaty” and market it in 2.0 milliliter (mL) glass vials, in packages of 25 and 195 vials. . . READ MORE.
Published August 30, 2021 | Best in Video
“These nurses are unvaccinated against COVID by choice. They’re part of a growing number of health care workers statewide protesting vaccine mandates in hospitals. [This nurse] says being forced to take a vaccine is against his religious beliefs. His wife […] says because she’d already had COVID her immunity is sufficient. The couple point to breakthrough cases and the rare occurrences of myocarditis, severe inflammation of the heart. The FDA has confirmed, nationwide, just over 760 myocarditis cases linked to the COVID vaccine out of the more than 350 million doses administered.” . . . WATCH VIDEO.
Opinion | If I am mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to keep my job, and subsequently experience an adverse event, who is responsible? Who is responsible if I have neurological complications, a heart attack, or a stroke and am never able to work again. Who is responsible if I die? . . . READ MORE.
Published August 29, 2021 | Opinion
One of the main rationales for why some U.S. health officials are referring to COVID-19 as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” is the claim that 97 percent of Americans who have been hospitalized with symptoms of the illness are unvaccinated. During a White House press briefing on July 16, 2021, the director of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, MD, said that unvaccinated people account for more than 97 percent of hospitalizations in the United States. . . READ MORE.