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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

FDA Foibles

Aug 2, 2021

Many of those yet to be vaccinated against Covid have raised concerns that the current vaccines have yet to receive full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Kaiser Family Foundation, for example, recently found that three in ten unvaccinated adults say they would be more likely to get vaccinated if one of the vaccines the FDA has thus far only approved for “emergency use” would receive full approval.

The FDA “assures” the public that it is working hard to complete the approval process and officials claim the approvals haven’t happened yet because the FDA wants to make sure it has completed rigorous testing of the vaccines before granting them.

Really? This is the same FDA that just granted approval to drug giant Biogen for an Alzheimer’s drug its own advisors unanimously agreed does nothing to slow the disease. That drug, Aduhelm, will cost $56,000 per year for every patient. Because most of them are elderly, Biogen stands to reap huge profits on the drug, much of which will be paid for by Medicare.

Is it any wonder people mistrust the FDA and its delay in approving vaccines that have already been given to billions of people around the world?