Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and BioNTech announced there is still some work to be done before they can confidently release the two-dose vaccine for young children. Reassuring that “no safety concerns were identified”, they need to modify their clinical trial for their coronavirus vaccine in young children, “after a two-dose regimen did not produce a sufficient immune response in children ages 2, 3, and 4” reports National Review.
Participants in the trial ages 2-4 will be given yet a third dose of the vaccine two months after they received their second dose. Reportedly participants ages six months to 24 months did see a sufficient immune response from the vaccine.
The coronavirus developed jointly by Pfizer with BioNTech is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. for children ages 5 and up. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for Americans ages 18 years and older.
Pfizer spokeswoman Jerica Pitts said the companies will not increase the dosage for children but will see if the third dose results in insufficient immunity. The young participants were given one-tenth of the dose potency as the dose given to adults over age 18.
Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine development at Pfizer, told investors in a call reported by the Washington Post “it is important to note that this adjustment is not anticipated to meaningfully change our expectations that we would file for emergency use authorization and conditional approvals in the second quarter of 2022.”
Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House
Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.
Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.
Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.
National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.
In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.
Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.
THE AMAZON FILES – “feeling pressure from the White House”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 5, 2024
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