Vaccine Advisers Are Pissed

Unreported Data Shows New Booster Might Just Do Nothing
U.S. President Joe Biden receives a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine administered by a member of the White House Medical Unit in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Biden unveiled a new website where Americans can find recommendations for mitigating Covid-19 risks that are specific to their area. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At a glance

  • Some vaccine advisers to the federal government say they’re “disappointed” and “angry” that government scientists and the pharmaceutical company Moderna didn’t present a set of infection data on the company’s new Covid-19 booster during meetings last year when the advisers discussed whether the shot should be authorized and made available to the public.
  • That data suggested the possibility that the updated booster might not be any more effective at preventing Covid-19 infections than the original shots.
  • The data was early and had many limitations, but several advisers told CNN that they were concerned about a lack of transparency.

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