The feds want us to have boosters, and based on the contracting, lots of boosters.
In order to convince people to have boosters, they need to
1) Convince people the vaccines are more effective than they really are, and safer.
2) Convince people the great benefit is wearing off.
3) Hide vaccine-enhanced disease, also known as ADE (antibody-dependent disease enhancement) if it occurs
In Israel, plenty of people have been convinced that the benefit has been wearing off, and they are going for their boosters. No doubt the green pass helped convince the young people to get vaccinated there, as did a higher level of trust in their medical system than Americans had. Israeli media also blared information on the high rates of vaccine failures in hospitals, suggesting there is virtually no benefit from vaccination after 8 months–or that some vaccine-enhanced disease is occurring. This last part I doubt was discussed by Israeli media.
In the US, the CDC has used at least 5 tricks to reduce the numbers of vaccine breakthrough cases, making it appear that they are remarkably rare in the US, although remarkably common elsewhere.
The problem now for FDA and CDC is that if vaccine failures (which were turned into ‘breakthrough cases’ because that sounds a lot better) were really rare, boosters would not be needed. Maybe that is why Gruber and Krause left FDA’s CBER. They had run out of ways to spin this story, and are most likely going to collect their payoff for taking it this far.
So: if the vaccines work as the federal agencies claim, no need for boosters.
But Biden wants boosters offered starting next Monday. What do you think the story will be? My guess is that suddenly, CDC will find the efficacy has fallen off a cliff. They have probably already written up their “study” to show this. Any other ideas?
I will live blog the VRBPAC booster meeting on Friday. Please join me.