Congressional Physician Caucus Calls on FDA Advisor to Retract ‘Harmful’ Comments About Vaccinations for Children

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The Republican House Doctors Caucus is calling connected Dr. Eric Rubin, a prof astatine Harvard Medical School, to retract statements helium made during the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) sheet treatment connected whether to endorse Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11.

During the October sheet discussion, Rubin said, “And yet, we’re disquieted astir a broadside effect that we can’t measurement yet, but it’s astir apt real.” Adding, “But we’re ne'er going to larn astir however harmless this vaccine is unless we commencement giving it. That’s conscionable the mode it goes.”

Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) led the radical of House Republican Doctors successful sending a missive to Dr. Rubin connected Thursday calling connected him to close the comments helium made during the sheet discussion.

Rubin was portion of a sheet of autarkic advisers to the FDA who connected Oct. 29 granted emergency-use authorization of Pfizer’s jab for children 5–11 aft its advisory panel, except for 1 abstention, recommended doing so. The sheet was successful statement with Pfizer’s ain information that the vaccine is 90.7 percent harmless for children.

Dr. Rubin said determination is overmuch much to larn astir the vaccine arsenic it relates to children.

“I hold with Dr. Cohn we privation to prevention the kids … and I bash deliberation that it volition beryllium utile to person a batch much accusation though, to find however champion to deploy the vaccine. So, … we ended up benignant of successful between, we decided to ballot for it with a batch of dense consciences, but I’m hoping that is the commencement of learning much astir it.”

In effect to Rubin, the GOP doctors wrote, “Yet your comments suggest we taxable a susceptible colonisation to vaccination to summation a greater knowing of the vaccines’ efficacy. This highly immoral and unbelievably reckless connection volition origin lasting harm to [Americans’] spot successful our aesculapian community, subject and the sanctity of idiosyncratic aesculapian decisions.”

Meanwhile, apical Democratic person Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the FDA for authorizing the vaccine for children.

“Congress and the state are grateful to our scientists and wellness officials, who worked rapidly and cautiously to guarantee that the Pfizer vaccine is harmless and effectual for our youngest Americans,” said Pelosi successful a property connection and added that this volition let afloat assemblage engagement.

On Nov. 2 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended practically each kid successful the United States betwixt 5 and 11 get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky made the proposal pursuing proposal from the agency’s vaccine advisory panel.

“Together, with subject starring the charge, we person taken different important measurement guardant successful our nation’s combat against the microorganism that causes COVID-19,” Walensky said successful a statement.

The GOP lawmakers are calling connected Rubin to close his comments and publically retract his statements oregon resign from the FDA.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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