Top U.S. health agencies should not have authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, a complaint lodged on Aug. 9 says.
The FDA scientific integrity policies say that the agency should be free “from political influence” and that the agency is dedicated to “protect[ing] the integrity of scientific data and ensuring its accurate presentation, including the underlying assumptions and uncertainties.”
The CDC’s scientific integrity policies say that its research and services “are based on sound science” and that officials “prize scientific integrity and professional excellence” and will not be influenced by political issues.
A memorandum President Joe Biden issued in early 2021 says that his administration’s scientific findings “should never be distorted or influenced by political considerations.”
Data, AnalysesThe core of the complaint is based on clinical trial data and analyses from the CDC and FDA.
On the safety front, meanwhile, the results were mixed, with certain adverse events being recorded at higher amounts among the vaccinated than the placebo recipients in some portions of the age group studied.
The agencies’ independent vaccine experts advised in favor of authorizing and recommending the vaccines, but some said that healthy children should not necessarily get a vaccine. Many outside experts, meanwhile, said the data didn’t support authorization and questioned using an outdated shot against the newer variants.
Statements From Top OfficialsThe nuances of the data were papered over or ignored by top officials, including the CDC’s director, the complaint says.
“Vaccinating young children is a critical opportunity to protect them against hospitalization and death from COVID-19,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director, said in a video statement.
“As we’ve seen with the older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection for the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf told reporters on a call.
Biden offered a similar statement, saying, “These vaccines are safe, highly effective, and will give parents the peace of mind of knowing their child is protected from the worst outcomes of COVID-19.”
“The CDC’s own data to date suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines for children, and the Pfizer vaccine in particular, can be viewed as little better than a placebo to encourage parents to feel confident returning to normal activity,” the complaint says. “This is not reflected in the public communications by CDC, FDA, and HHS officials promoting the vaccine and encouraging the public to vaccinate their infants and toddlers to prevent against severe disease, hospitalization or even death.”
Concern was expressed that the actions on the vaccines were based on factors besides scientific evidence.
Grimm was urged to open an investigation into whether scientific integrity policies were violated.
Grimm’s office confirmed receipt of the complaint, and told The Epoch Times in an email officials were reviewing it.
The CDC and FDA did not respond to requests for comment.