Democrats and public health clergy have denounced President Trump for rushing Covid vaccines. They’ve been curiously quiet about the Food and Drug Administration’s bulletproof approval last week of revamped booster shots without any trials showing they’re safe or effective.
The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for mRNA injections by Pfizer and Modern which are bivalent, targeting the initial Wuhan variant as well as the currently predominant BA.4 and BA.5 strains. The Biden administration ordered 171 million doses earlier this summer, so FDA clearance appears to have been a done deal. The FDA probably should have made the reconfigured vaccines available to high-risk and elderly patients. But the case is weak for young people, given the limited benefits and uncertain risks.