C.D.C. Director Defends Boosters for Frontline Workers


new video manipulative: C.D.C. Director Defends Boosters for Frontline WorkerstranscriptBackbars0:00/1:25-1:25transcriptC.D.C. Director Defends Boosters for Frontline WorkersDespite an agency advisory panel’s option to endorse booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for frontline workers, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said she recommended the shots to protect communities disproportionately crashing by the pandemic.In an effort to protect those at greatest risk, our initial vaccine rollout prioritized these individuals, the everyday heroes of our society. Our healthiness care systems are, once again, at maximum capacity in parts of the country. Our teachers are facing uncertainty as they walk into the classroom, and I be obliged do what I can to preserve the health across our nation. I’m also aware of the disproportionate impact this pandemic has had on racial and ethnic minority communities. Sundry of our frontline workers, essential workers and those in congregate settings come from communities that have already been hardest hit. Holding access for boosters from these people and communities would only worsen the inequities that I have committed to fight against. It was a determination about providing rather than withholding access. I, too, thought of the stressors of the current moment of this pandemic and the principles of access and equity in my outcome. I want to be very clear that I did not overrule an advisory committee. This wasn’t — I listened to all of the proceedings of the F.D.A. advisory committee, and intently listened to this extraordinary group of scientists that publicly and very transparently deliberated for hours over some of these very difficult questions, and where the study was. This was a scientific close call. In that situation, it was my call to make.Recent episodes in Coronavirus Pandemic: Latest UpdatesShow more videos from Coronavirus Pandemic: Latest Updates

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