By Sharyl Attkisson
Rep. James Comer (R-Kentucky), the lead Republican on the House Oversight Committee, has sent a letter to Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock expressing concerns over more reports that the Biden Administration is improperly interfering at the FDA with the vaccine approval process.
Comer wrote, “Recently, two former high-ranking FDA officials—including one that resigned because of the alleged political interference by the Biden Administration at the FDA—raised concerns about the agency bypassing the standard process for making decisions related to booster shots for Americans. If true, these short cuts undermine the integrity of our public health system and cause vaccine hesitancy … President Biden should ensure the federal government is not cutting corners in the vaccine recommendations process.”
According to an article published in the Washington Post, the Biden FDA has made three key vaccination related decisions without convening a standing panel of outside scientific experts. The panel known as the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) was sidelined and did not weigh in on the vaccine recommendations. This most recently occurred when the FDA authorized booster shots for all children ages 12-15.
Rep. Comer continues in his letter to Woodcock,
"The Panel was not going to do the White House’s bidding so instead of engaging in a robust scientific dialogue, the Biden Administration made the calculated political decision to entirely cast aside the Panel."
"This has become a pattern with the Biden Administration—the Administration that repeatedly promised to follow the science… Instead of being thorough and transparent, this Administration is shortcutting the standard vaccine recommendation process.” In the letter to Acting Commissioner Woodcock, Ranking Member Comer again calls for all information available regarding booster shot recommendations."