FDA Vaccine Approval Delays Are Deadly
In August, as COVID-19 cases began rising again throughout the country, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had a simple message for Americans: Get vaccinated. “Our vaccines are working exceptionally well,” she said on CNN. “They continue to work well for [the delta variant] with regard to severe illness and death. They prevent it.”
That message was reiterated by Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser, who has even expressed support for requiring public school teachers to be vaccinated. And it was echoed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates vaccines and must sign off on their use before widespread deployment.
“Getting more of our population vaccinated is critical to moving forward and past this pandemic,” said Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s acting commissioner. Woodcock also has emphasized t
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