Mitt Romney Requests More Booster Shots

( Because there isn’t a single Democrat talking point he won’t repeat, Utah Senator Mitt Romney is urging the FDA to move faster to approve COVID booster shots and vaccines.

Citing the possibility that COVID variants will become a “multi-year reality,” Romney tweeted that other countries have already tested and approved boosters shots – including Israel.

Back in July, Israel began offering a third dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to adults with weakened immune systems.

Many believe that booster shots will provide extra protection against the delta variant which has become the dominant strain of the virus in the US.

The increased push for booster shots comes after the CDC claimed that the delta variant is as contagious as the chickenpox. However, this claim was quickly debunked this week by a biologist from the University of Leuven in Belgium.

Biologist Tom Wenseleers, who was one of the first scientists to formerly calculate the transmission advantage of the alpha and delta variants, told NPR on Wednesday that the CDC’s claim isn’t “entirely accurate.” While the delta variant is highly transmissible, it is not at all as contagious as chickenpox. Wenseleers also told NPR that while cases of delta may be inevitable, hospitalizations are not.

What’s more Wenseleers argues that, provided a person is vaccinated, there will not be a huge wave of hospitalizations due to the delta variant.

So why get a booster shot?

In response to Romney’s demand for faster approval on boosters, Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, Chief of the University of Utah’s Health Division of Infectious Diseases said that what protects people from the delta variant is getting vaccinated, not requiring booster shots to those already vaccinated.

Swaminathan explained that, as someone over sixty, he is “not out there trying to get a booster,” adding that booster shots aren’t going to help in any way.

But Romney, who apparently knows more than the Chief of the University of Utah’s Health Division of Infectious Diseases, said during a Senate hearing last month that there were “a number of us that would get in line to get a booster.”