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MSNBC guest Wajahat Ali unloaded on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for slowing the process on approving COVID-19 vaccines for children under five years old, arguing that the organization was effectively sacrificing children.
As part of its rolling submission, the company recently notified the agency of additional findings from its ongoing clinical trial. Based on the agency’s preliminary assessment, and to allow more time to evaluate additional data, we believe additional information regarding the ongoing evaluation of a third dose should be considered as part of our decision-making for potential authorization.
The decision, which was supposed to be reached by February 15, has been postponed. “This will give the agency time to consider the additional data, allowing for a transparent public discussion as part of our usual scientific and regulatory processes for COVID-19 vaccines. We will provide an update on timing for the advisory committee meeting once we receive additional data on a third dose in this age group from the company’s ongoing clinical trial and have an opportunity to complete an updated evaluation,” the statement continued.
“This means that parents anxious to vaccinate their babies will have to wait until at least April to do so. The news comes as the pandemic and how to move forward means different things to different people,” MSNBC host Joy Reid began during a conversation with Ali and Yascha Mounk, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Mounk agreed with the others that it was disheartening to see the number of Americans who had not chosen to get vaccinated, but argued that those who were vaccinated should feel like they could go back to their normal activities.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, we were too slow to adapt to changing circumstances,” Mounk wrote in The Atlantic. “Now we are once again in danger of prolonging the status quo more than is justifiable. It is time to open everything.”
“There’s no reason why we should be stopping ourselves from leading a normal life because people have chosen not to get vaccinated are still vulnerable to it,” he told Ali and Reid.
“Yeah, I’m glad we’re now in the pro-death, pro-COVID, eff them kids portion of the pandemic. We started with eff grandpa and grandma, right, to get to herd immunity,” Ali responded. “I just came back from New York, the gazpacho police, which are oppressing New York, things are open, by the way. It wasn’t that bad. I went on the subway, I went on the Amtrak. I got a coffee.”
Ali went on to say that he was waiting for the vaccine to be made available for younger children because his own five-year-old was immunocompromised.
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