Although the Biden administration recommended that everyone over the age of 5 receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr Anthony Fauzi agreed on Thursday that there was insufficient evidence to prove that boosters actually reduced the hospitalization or mortality rate in children. .
During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., Asked Fauzi if he was aware of any studies showing that children who received boosters had reduced mortality or hospitalization.
“Currently, Senator Paul, not enough data has been gathered to suggest that this is the case,” Fawzi said. When the senator, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cut him off, he began to explain that he thought the recommendation was based on looking at the illness and death of children of different ages.
“So there are no studies. And all Americans should know this. There are no studies on children who show a reduction in hospitalization or death from taking a booster,” Paul said.
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Paul, who is also a physician, stated that the only studies he did were antibody studies, arguing that this was not enough to prove the effectiveness of the vaccine. Since the vaccine produces antibodies, that does not mean it is necessary, he said. To illustrate his point, he argues that a person can get 10 boosters and get antibodies from all of them, but this does not mean that a person should get 10 booster shots.
Fauzi, who actually testified that he now has COVID-19, called Paul’s hypothetical “somewhat absurd exaggeration”, but stated that this was basically government work.
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“It’s not science. It’s speculation. And we should not make public policy on it,” he said.
Paul noted that boosters may be beneficial for the elderly with health risks if they receive Kovid-19, but this is not the case for young people. In contrast, he said the vaccine is dangerous for young people. Paul pointed out recent reports that men between the ages of 12 and 24 have a higher risk of developing myocarditis when they take a second dose of the vaccine.
The Republican senator also accused the government of withholding data on pediatric COVID-19 cases. Paul was particularly interested in the number of children who had previously been infected with COVID-19 and died or were hospitalized.
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“The answer may be zero, but you are not even giving us data,” Paul said.
Fauzi did not answer this question, but stated that the “optimal level of protection” after infection meant vaccination from the Omicron variant, indicating the possibility of re-infection.