Two leading House Republicans, Reps. Steve Scalise and James Comer, are asking the Food and Drug Administration for documents that might relate to GOP suspicions that President Joe Biden has politicized the process of administering vaccines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, Scalise and Comer point to Biden’s Aug. 18 announcement that vaccine booster shots would be available nationwide the week of Sept. 20. “This shot will boost your immune response,” Biden said, as anxiety mounted over the Delta variant. “It will increase your protection from Covid-19. And it’s the best way to protect ourselves from new variants that could arise.”

Within moments, a number of experts began to wonder whether Biden had jumped the gun.

Indeed he had; in fact, the president made the announcement before the vaccine makers had even submitted the needed data to the FDA. That led to turmoil inside the agency, where, according to an Aug. 31 report in Politico, officials “scrambled to collect and analyze data that clearly demonstrate the boosters’ benefits before the administration’s Sept. 20 deadline for rolling them out to most adults.” In other words, the FDA raced to find something to support the president’s announcement.

It was a clear demonstration that for Biden, who had boasted of his ability to handle the pandemic but then found himself under pressure for his unsure handling of the Delta problem, the politics came before the data.

By early September, Woodcock told the White House to “scale back” the booster plan, “saying that regulators need more time to collect and review all the necessary data,” according to The New York Times. Two top FDA vaccine officials announced they were leaving their jobs.

Now comes a new report that boosters might not be needed at all. “None of the data on coronavirus vaccines so far provides credible evidence in support of boosters for the general population,” the Times reports, citing a new review published by a group of scientists, including the two who left the FDA.

That was too much for Reps. Scalise and Comer. “President Biden, instead of following the science, is attempting to distract from his numerous crises by playing politics and moving out ahead of the FDA and Centers for Disease Control when it comes to the science on coronavirus vaccine booster shots,” the lawmakers write in that letter to Woodcock.

They ask that the FDA provide documents related to the booster, any communications between the FDA and the White House, papers involving the two departed scientists and more. As members of the minority in the House, Scalise and Comer do not have the power to compel anyone to hand over information. But at the very least, they are calling attention to a serious issue in the Biden administration’s Covid response.

The irony in this, of course, is that just last year, the Biden team was accusing then-President Donald Trump of politicizing the government’s response to Covid, particularly research on a vaccine. “A majority of voters don’t trust Trump’s comments on a coronavirus vaccine because he has repeatedly politicized vaccine development and contradicted his own health experts to try to cover up for his failed pandemic response and help him win reelection,” the Democratic National Committee wrote in a press release in September 2020.

At around the same time, Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice-presidential nominee, was asked if she would get the vaccine when it was ready. That would depend, Harris answered. “I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump,” she said, “and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I will not take his [Trump’s] word for it.” Later, Harris was asked if she would take the vaccine if it were finished before the election. She said she would do so only if the nation’s top virologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recommended it. “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it,” Harris said.

For his part, candidate Biden added, “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump. And at this moment, the American people can’t, either.”

Biden’s and Harris’ statements, amplified in the press, diminished public confidence in the vaccine before it even came out. In October 2020, just before the election, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 86% of Democrats were very worried or somewhat worried that the FDA would “rush to approve a coronavirus vaccine without making sure that it is safe and effective, due to political pressure from President Trump and the White House.”

So now we have the FDA being pushed to approve a booster shot, without making sure that it is safe and effective, due to political pressure from President Biden and the White House. Congress needs to find out what happened.

Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.

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joroger1978

Davel3 why don't you look at the facts, You can always come up with a way to dispel anything I print but the fact is that you and a few others on this site are way off base. Your views are yours to keep but our views are ours to keep. We on the right believe that your party is bad for America. Just look at what your hero Biden has done in his short time in office. You can't really believe that his lunatic policies have been good for our country. Have you paid attention to his poll numbers lately, pretty sad. Why even the left wing press is starting to realize that he is losing it. So get a grip on reality and agree that you are on the wrong side of history. The demorat party is sinking faster then the Titanic and there is no iceberg in sight.

Davel3

joroger1978... You missed my point completely. It's not about views, it's about making an argument that is based on facts, not political spin, falsehoods, and irrational opinions. Start by making an argument that can't be disproved, one that shows objectivity, and that means researching and reading articles and books from sources that are not bias either way. When we do that, we can elevate our conversations to discussing the pros and cons of the policies and issues we are concerned with. This back and forth, for example your saying, "So get a grip on reality and agree that you are on the wrong side of history." or calling those of us on the left "Demorats,"amounts to little more than bantering. I'm one who isn't interested in that. You keep addressing me directly with every comment I make. I'm trying to be polite in your case, because I can tell you love your country just like I do, but you have so many misconceptions in the arguments you make, that you're making it difficult to do so. Think about it.

BigBob

jojo - "Just look at what your hero Biden has done in his short time in office."

Yes, let's do that -

Biden increased food stamp benefits by 25% to directly help needy families

Biden canceled $55.6 million in student debt for students of for-profit schools

Biden has the narrowest pay gap between women and men in the White House of any president

The Biden administration released rules that protect patients from unexpected medical bills.

Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered a halt on federal death penalty executions.

Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (aka COVID-19 Stimulus) providing $1.9 trillion of relief to the American economy

Biden signed an executive order to make the Department of Justice work on reducing the use of “ghost guns”

Biden signed an executive order expanding access to legal representation for the poor.

Biden (and Vice President Kamala Harris) released their 2021 tax returns, after Trump refused to release his for his entire four-year term.

Biden ordered the Department of Justice to produce a rule clarifying when a device marketed as a gun brace turns a pistol effectively into a short-barreled rifle

Biden told the Department of Justice to produce model “red flag” legislation for all 50 states so that they could enact such laws against gun violence

Biden increased the minimum wage for thousands of federal contractors to $15/hr

Stimulus payments from the American Rescue Plan were sent via direct deposit just 24 hours after the plan was signed into law

Biden directed $2.5 billion in funding to specifically address America’s mental illness and addiction crisis

American Rescue Plan extended a 15% increase to SNAP funding, helping children who qualify for free lunch

The American Rescue Plan restores funding to veterans programs, including programs to assist veterans’ mental health, that had been cut under Trump

The American Rescue Plan adds boosted funding to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), providing new options for people who need health insurance and lowering costs for people already insured.

American Rescue Plan provides money to the airline industry, preventing tens of thousands of aviation jobs who will no longer be furloughed

Socially disadvantaged (including Black, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American) farmers will get $4 billion from the American Rescue Plan in debt relief, while another $1 billion will create a racial equity commission.

Biden will be nominating three Democrats to the USPS board of governors, which will lead to the removal of Postmaster Louis DeJoy.

Biden issued an executive order that will make American supply chains less reliant on foreign companies.

Biden revoked a Trump executive order mandating stricter work rules on people seeking welfare help.

Biden restored labor rights to workers at the Department of Defense.

Biden got rid of a Trump order that used COVID as an excuse for deregulation.

Biden undid a Trump-era mandate that said federal buildings had to be constructed in classical style.

Biden revoked a Trump order that suspended federal funds from going to purported “anarchist jurisdictions.”

Biden got rid of conservative officials stashed at the Voice of America and other broadcasting-related entities of the government.

Biden issued an executive order requiring political appointees to take an ethics pledge.

Biden signed pension relief, keeping more than 100 pension plans solvent and providing retirement benefits to millions.

Immigration/Border

Biden raised the cap on refugees being admitted to the United States to 62,500 from the 15,000 set by Trump.

Biden terminated contracts with companies to construct the border wall

Biden reversed a Trump ruling and extended protected status to 100,000 Haitians.

Biden revoked Trump’s order banning Muslims from certain countries entering the U.S.

Biden reinstated the Central American Minors Program, a program begun under President Obama that allows minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to reunite with a parent living lawfully in the United States.

Biden terminated a 2018 Trump agreement that put up roadblocks to families trying to help undocumented immigrant children

Biden stopped ICE from targeting undocumented immigrants at COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Biden will allow migrant families that were separated under Trump to be reunified in the United States or their country of origin.

Biden revoked a Trump executive order suspending the issuing of visas that used the pandemic as an excuse to do so.

Biden canceled the National State of Emergency which had allowed Trump to divert federal funds to his border wall project.

Biden changed ICE rules on arrests and detentions so fewer people are kept away from their families.

Climate Change

Biden ordered the EPA and the Department of Transportation to rollout increased fuel emission standards that will lead to 40-50 percent of US cars being electric by 2030

Biden allocated $5 billion from FEMA for communities affected by climate-related disasters

Biden returned the United States to the Paris Climate Accord

Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline

Biden blocked drilling at the Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

Biden ordered a stop to the issuing of new leases for oil and gas exploration on public lands

Human Rights

Under Biden, the U.S. State Department added a third gender option to passports.

Biden appointed a Special Envoy, Jessica Stern, to advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons

Biden had the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) recognize that laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also apply to LGBTQ+ people, reversing a Trump’s policy

Biden rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, after America left it under Trump.

Biden withdrew the federal government’s support of an anti-transgender lawsuit which sought to block transgender girls from participating in sports.

Biden extended federal fair housing protections to LGBTQ Americans.

Biden created a Gender Policy Council at the White House, rolling back the Trump administration decision to end a similar program under Obama.

Biden has more women and minorities as part of his Cabinet and key advisers than any other president.

Biden raised the cap on admitting refugees to 125,000 after the number had been dramatically lowered by Trump.

COVID-19

Biden is requiring that the staffs of nursing homes are vaccinated or they will lose their federal funding.

Biden extended the pause on student loan repayment until January 31 2022 due to COVID-19

Biden directed every state, along with all tribes and territories, to make all adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1 2021

Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to accelerate vaccine development. This led to enough vaccine being produced to have supply for every adult American by May 2021 instead of the original date of July 2021.

Biden brokered an arrangement between Merck and Johnson & Johnson to manufacture the single-dose vaccine.

The Biden administration will deliver more than 25 million masks to health centers and food pantries.

Biden directed the U.S. to donate $4 billion to international vaccine distribution efforts, as he promised during the campaign.

Biden secured 200 million extra doses of vaccine for a total of 300 million available vaccine doses by July 2021.

Biden deployed over 1,000 active duty troops to assist with vaccinations.

Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to make vaccines and PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks.

Biden sent more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to countries who need it.

National Security

37,000 people were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, by the US military in 8 days

Biden signed legislation awarding Congressional Gold Medals to Capitol Police who responded to the January 6 attack on the Capitol

Biden barred Donald Trump from receiving intelligence briefings, citing his erratic behavior and the possible danger to U.S. security.

Biden told Russian president Vladimir Putin the United States would no longer “roll over” for his aggressive actions.

Biden rescinded the Trump administration’s decision to designate Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist group. The designation was widely criticized by international organizations at the time.

Judiciary

Biden threw out 32 last-minute nominations offered by the Trump administration. Included in the rejections were judicial appointments supported by conservatives.

Environment

Biden ended large-scale logging at Tongass National Forest in Alaska

Biden delayed a Trump administration rule that experts said could have led to the unnecessary death of “billions” of birds.

Foreign Policy

Biden created a Leaders Summit for Democracy, with the first meeting scheduled for December 2021

Biden sanctioned members of the Belarus government for their actions subverting democracy

The U.S. formally turned over Bagram base in Afghanistan to the government there

Biden sanctioned Russia for their attempts at election interference and for the SolarWinds hacking attack.

Biden had the United States rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO)

Biden levied sanctions against Russian officials in retaliation for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

deaton

Gallup Polls:

Biden's Approval Rating Hits New Low of 43%; Harris' Is 49%!

* Biden's rating down six points since August, 13 points since June

* Independents' approval of Biden is 37%, down from 55% in June

* Kamala Harris' 49% job approval rating matches Biden's in 2009

With all “alleged” success, it looks like Dim-Joe is tanking “BigTime” BigBob? What’s that all about?

[thumbdown][tongue][wink][beam] Deaton

deaton

“you first have to dispel all the political spin, the falsehoods, the gross exonerations, and half-truths.” The Local “upper class Twit, Davel?” said it and I believe it, BigBob! But you go ahead and keep C & P’ing this propaganda, which NO ONE reads, it gives what “cognitive abilities” you have remaining a little exercise! [thumbup][wink][tongue][love] Deaton

BoneSpurs McPantsLoad

I think Biden should consider making ads that run in red states that say, "Whatever you do, don't get vaccinated! We're saving the vaccines for Democratic voters so they will be alive to vote in November 2022!"

Davel3

[thumbup][thumbup]BoneSpurs... Too funny! I have to say I love your sense of humor.

You have to be a hoot to hang around with. Although, you may have an idea there since nothing else seems to be working.

deaton

Hey Twit maybe you two can “hook-up” and “hang around” and “hoot” at Moon! Wouldn’t that be something, you guys gett’n together and thinking up “snippy” little come backs to mock all the “deplorable neanderthals” here in River City! Yeah, that’s the ticket. [thumbup][whistling][wink][beam] Deaton

Davel3

This needs to be said. Pay attention joroger1978, Northlong, Too old for this, and

others who share the same mindset. There is a difference between what one believes

and what is the actual truth. The biggest problem on here with discussing any issue meaningfully, it the absence of facts. Before you can even get to a meaningful discussion on here, you first have to dispel all the political spin, the falsehoods, the gross exonerations, and half-truths. Needless to say, if one was to be honest, the fore-mentioned is extremely prevalent with those that share the "right-wing" mindset. You can deny it in your defense, but one just has to read the comments and evaluate them

without bias based on truth. Think of the interesting conversations we could have if we just started with the truth.

deaton

“without bias based on truth.” Who’s “truth” Twit, yours? What makes your truth so reliable? ‘Cause most of the time you’re talking out of your “backside” and we need some fresh air in here! [thumbdown][whistling][tongue][wink] Deaton

Third Eye

We won't take the vaccine because it isn't approved...it is. We don't think Covid is that dangerous...680,000 would disagree with you. Illegals are coming to this country unvaccinated and its dangerous...why...you don't think Covid is dangerous and the vaccine is unsafe. How can we possibly take any of you seriously?

Davel3

[thumbup] Third Eye... That was excellent! "680,000 would disagree with you"... took the words right out of my mouth... [thumbup]

joroger1978

There you go again bigblob cutting someone down for their beliefs but not offering anything about why Byron is wrong.

BigBob

jojo - Would you be so kind as to show where "bigblob" has ever commented here? You need to comprehend that "bigblob" is nothing more than a little voice in your cavernous skull and no one but you can hear him/her. Trying to claim "bigblob" has ever said anything only makes you look more foolish than we all know you actually are.

Yup

Bigbozo is a loon!

BigBob

yoop - And again you claim one of your little voices, "Bigbozo," can be heard by everyone. Pathetic loser.

BigBob

Remember Byron is a right-wing loon, so you really need to take his BS with a HUGE lump of salt.

NorthLong

Too bad Bozo (BigBob), everything Byron said was true.

BigBob

nl - Sadly, only fools actually believe the trash Byron writes.

Too old for this

Or...you could offer some proof showing that his opinion is flawed. Remember, you are as much a left-wing loon as anyone on earth, so your opinion is meaningless without evidence and proof.

Davel3

Too old for this... Why? You would just deny the facts, counter it with a falsehood, and call someone the same kind of name you complain about others calling you. However, just in case you're actually interested in the truth, I have included a link that dispels at least one of the myths Byron Your is presenting. The rest you can research yourself... That is again, if I'm wrong and it's the truth you're after.

https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/jul/23/tiktok-posts/biden-harris-doubted-trump-covid-19-vaccines-not-v/

BigBob

twosie - Here you go, just a few examples of Byron’s extreme bias - In 2010, York wrote an op-ed titled "Obama has himself to blame for Muslim problem," which argued that President Obama was himself to blame for the widespread misconception that he was Muslim. York wrote that Obama had written about his Muslim grandfather and noted that members of his extended family were Muslim. York said that the Obama campaign had "shouted down even a measured discussion of the topic", and "to the outside observer, Obama sometimes doesn’t appear to practice any faith at all. Put it all together, and is it any wonder the public is confused?"

According to the Toronto Star, York has "[led] the inquiries into the alleged deep-state conspiracy against Trump." According to Slate, York has "[spread] conspiracy theories about the FBI." York suggested that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election could be compromised because of an alleged friendship to former FBI Director James Comey, whom President Trump fired. York supported Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham's recommendation of criminal charges against Christopher Steele, one of the people who sought to expose Russian interference in the 2016 election. They alleged that Steele had lied to federal authorities. However, federal authorities have not filed charges against him for lying. In July 2018, when Mariia Butina, an accused Russian spy who had sought to involve herself in the NRA and the Republican Party, was arrested, York downplayed the charges.

In February 2019, York argued that the attempt by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives to compel the release of President Trump's tax returns amounted to the "ultimate fishing expedition."

In 2020, during the George Floyd protests against racism and police brutality, York criticized a statement by former President George W. Bush which said it was "time for America to examine our tragic failures." York said it was "remarkable" that Bush "almost completely ignored riots, violence."

Shortly before the 2020 presidential election, Byron wrote a piece in the Washington Examiner analyzing a findings simulation that claimed Joe Biden wouldn't concede the election if he lost. It also claimed that Biden would pressure Democratic governors to reject Trump's victory in their states and that House Democrats would refuse to acknowledge Trump's victory. In the piece, York claimed the Joe Biden would refuse to concede and that Trump would not.

Davel3

[thumbup] BigBob,,, Good job of making your point! I'm not telling you anything that you don't already know, but it's really for the deniers that will be coming at you. York, like Coulter, and others, make their living by appealing to and capturing a particular market segment or demographic. It's a sizeable market segment, in this case, those of the "right-wind. mindset. Their certainly more interested in providing a narrative that they know their audience wants to believe, as opposed to one that is truthful... as they laugh all the way to the bank. If one really wants to stop the division, they can begin by denouncing these types of articles from anyone. They are an insult to all of us and make a mockery out of Freedom of Speech.

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