Colorado Governor Says He Is ‘Frustrated’ With Federal Regulators On Boosters

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former head of the F.D.A. who now sits on Pfizer’s board, was blunt on “Face the Nation” in his criticism of the Biden administration’s approach to booster recommendations. “I think the confusing message around the boosters may end up being one of the biggest missed opportunities in this pandemic,” he said.

“Anyone who’s eligible for a booster, and most Americans probably are eligible at this point, should be going out and seeking it,” he added.

And on “Fox News Sunday,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. surgeon general, tried to walk a line between acknowledging the moves of those three states and defending the slower approaches by federal regulators.

“What they’re going to do is take a close look at the data,” he said of the F.D.A., to assure that the booster is safe and effective for people currently not eligible for it.

He continued: “The bottom line is that millions of people can get boosted right now and we want them to get boosted, because that will both extend and enhance the protection that they’ve already been getting from the vaccine.”

Giulia Heyward contributed reporting.

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