(PatriotWise.com)- The Biden administration is pushing forward with a plan to offer all Americans a third booster shot of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines starting in September.
And while many medical experts and Americans are excited about the prospects, at least one prominent person believes the move is more about money than it is protecting people’s health.
This week, former President Donald Trump went off on President Joe Biden’s booster shot plan. He said he could “see the dollar signs” in the eyes of the vaccine companies as soon as the concept of a third booster shot was first discussed.
Trump referred to the fact that the two companies behind the first COVID-19 vaccines to receive emergency use approval already started to hint at a future need for booster shots not long after the initial doses were rolled out earlier in 2021.
In April, reports showed that the vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna could only guarantee they’d protect people for six months. Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, even said at one point that it was a “likely scenario” that there would be an “annual revaccination” program, similar to that of the flu vaccine.
Trump spoke to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo recently, saying that while he supported the vaccination program — which was initiated during his administration with Operation Warp Speed — he believes corporations are just being greedy with the booster shots.
He said the entire thing is “crazy,” and said:
“If you’re a businessman, you’ll say, ‘you know what, let’s give them another shot, that’s another $10 billion of money coming in.'”
These big pharmaceutical companies have already raked in billions of dollars because of the COVID-19 vaccine shots alone. According to SEC filings, in 2021 alone, Moderna has earned $12 billion.
In the meantime, the company’s CEO, Stephane Bancel, said the company is “looking forward towards our vision of a single dose annual booster that provides protection against COVID-19, flu and RSV for adults.”
Such a development would bring even more profits to these large pharmaceutical companies, and Trump is questioning whether any of this is necessary, or whether it’s just a simple money grab.
Many scientists are also against the COVID-19 booster shots, though their reasoning is a little different than Trump’s.
One such person is Johns Hopkins University vaccine researcher Dr. Anna Durbin, who said:
“People are still highly protected against severe disease, hospitalization and death. This is what vaccines are supposed to do. If we start seeing significant upticks of more severe disease and hospitalizations in vaccinated people, that would be a signal to consider boosters.”
Even though this data and information doesn’t exist, the Biden administration is going to push forward with offering the booster shots to Americans who are at least eight months removed from their second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
As of now, a booster shot will not be offered to people who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.