President Biden in the East Room of the White House (Evan Vucci/AP Images)

Opin­ion: How the con­fus­ing boost­er shot de­ba­cle aligns Biden with Trump's pan­dem­ic re­sponse

When Pres­i­dent Joe Biden took of­fice, many pub­lic health ad­vo­cates heaved a sigh of re­lief, as­sum­ing the US was back to fol­low­ing the sci­ence dur­ing this once-in-a-life­time pan­dem­ic, and gone were the days of an Amer­i­can pres­i­dent tout­ing in­ef­fec­tive treat­ments to the world.

But this lat­est de­ba­cle around the Pfiz­er/BioN­Tech boost­er shot has now not on­ly led to the re­tire­ments of two top FDA vac­cine of­fi­cials, both of whom would’ve been key re­sources as the US soon re­views Covid vac­cines for chil­dren, but al­so to ques­tion marks around con­flict­ing FDA and CDC opin­ions and lin­ger­ing de­bates on who ex­act­ly should re­ceive a boost first and who should be the one that makes that de­ci­sion.

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