Two senior officials have resigned from their positions within the US Food and Drug Administration over frustrations with the Biden administration’s plans to move forward with recommending COVID-19 booster shots without their prior approval, according to a report.
Marion Gruber, director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research & Review, and deputy director Phil Krause are set to leave the agency this fall, with sources telling Politico that the two officials were at odds with the FDA’s top vaccine official, Peter Marks, and were discontented over the roles of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in decisions that they believed should be handled by the FDA.
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According to trade publication Endpoints, the officials felt they were sidelined on major decisions, that the administration’s plan for boosters was jumping the gun, and that Marks should have pushed for the FDA to have more autonomy on the matter.
Marks announced the resignations in a letter to colleagues obtained by Endpoints. “The administration’s booster plan; it wasn’t the FDA’s booster plan,” University of Pennsylvania infectious disease expert Paul Offit, who serves on the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee, told Politico. “The administration has kind of backed themselves up against the wall a little bit here.”
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Jeff Zients, the Biden administration’s coronavirus czar, defended the booster timeline. “The booster decision was made by and announced by the nation’s leading public health officials … and as our medical experts laid out having reviewed all the available data, it is in their clinical judgment that it’s time to prepare Americans for a booster shot. We announced our approach to stay ahead of the virus and to be transparent on latest data,” he said in a statement to Politico [New York Post].
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Air Force Vet and Landlord Left HOMELESS Due to Biden and AOC’s Eviction Moratorium
An Air Force veteran has been left couch-surfing and living in her car with her daughter after tenants have refused to pay rent under the protection of the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium.
Brandie LaCasse told reporters that she is owed over $23,000 in unpaid rent, however, she can not force her tenants to pay or move. “I don’t understand how they can give my private property to somebody to live for free. I bought that property. I fixed it up with my blood, sweat, and tears. I invested in these properties, never thinking I wouldn’t have a place to live. I just want my house. That’s it. I just want my house,” said LaCasse.
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For months, the pause on evictions was extended under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial hardships, thereby allowing tenants to put off their rent.
In June, the Biden administration extended the federal eviction moratorium until July 31st, 2021. The decision was executed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a move that later came into question.
In a statement, the CDC wrote, “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation’s public health. Keeping people in their homes and out of crowded or congregate settings — like homeless shelters — by preventing evictions is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
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By August, the CDC issued a new eviction moratorium that would last until Oct. 3 with backing from radicals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
However, this decision was blocked by the Supreme Court earlier this week, as it was determined that the order exceeded the CDC’s authority. “The moratorium has put…millions of landlords across the country, at risk of irreparable harm by depriving them of rent payments with no guarantee of eventual recovery,” the court said.
“Many landlords have modest means. And preventing them from evicting tenants who breach their leases intrudes on one of the most fundamental elements of property ownership—the right to exclude.” After implementation, LaCasse’s tenants will be required to pay rent in a timely manner, and face eviction if they fail to.