It seems as if a lot of American media outlets are talking about the FDA and CDC, after two top-level FDA “vaccine bureaucrats” announced their plans to resign under the Biden administration.
But, of course, their analysis is mostly surface-level chit-chat about in-fighting and turf, not deeper, longer-term discussions about the constitutionality of the agencies themselves, or about their warping of what should be a competitive market that caters not to political diktats, but to consumer desires.
Resignation announcements Tuesday from FDA’s two most senior regulators responsible for oversight of vaccines, Marion Gruber and Phil Krause, surprised their colleagues at FDA, as well as vaccine developers and members of the public.
Those would be Dr. Marion Gruber, director of the FDA's Office of Vaccines Research Review (and no evident relation to the infamous Jonathan Gruber, who helped construct the toweringly unconstitutional ObamaCare statute), and her deputy director, Dr. Philip Krause,
The FDA announced Tuesday that they intend to leave within the next three months.
And the moves appear to be tied to what are seen as turf wars between the Food and Drug Administration, which hands out or holds back the magic “okay, you can sell this” permission slips for drug-makers, and the Centers for Disease Control, which, along with the National Institutes of Health and Anthony Fauci, increasingly has been involved with pushing the “get jabs out there” propaganda, regardless of FDA drug-test traditions and requirements.
Specifically, as Politico notes, the concern reached a breaking point over the Biden White House and Fauci pushing the idea COVID-19 booster jabs should be injected into people EVERY FIVE MONTHS.
On Tuesday, two top FDA vaccine regulators resigned — a decision that one former official said was rooted in anger over the agency’s lack of autonomy in the booster planning so far. A current health official said the pair, Marion Gruber and Philip Krause, left over differences with FDA’s top vaccine official Peter Marks. Now the agency is facing a potential mutiny among its staff and outside vaccine advisers, several of whom feel cut out of key decisions and who view the plan to offer boosters to all adults as premature and unnecessary.
Hold on, now… Top officials at a federal agency claiming the power to crush private autonomy about what to do on the market are getting upset that bureaucrats at another federal agency are possibly stepping on their “autonomy”?
The irony circuit is complete.
But, focusing on which bureaucrats make the decisions FOR US tends to shade one’s view of what is supposed to be our own autonomy to interact with willing sellers and buyers in a voluntary market.
Most Americans either don’t realize these agencies run counter to market processes, or they have become accustomed to the bureaucrats making the decisions. “It’s the way it works,” we hear. Or, we get pundits discussing “the approval process” as if that’s standard operating procedure.
On a constitutional level, it isn’t operating procedure in any way. James Madison spelled out the fact that the Constitution gives DC no enumerated “power” over products and services peacefully being sold and bought over state lines, and he explained that if Washington politicians wanted that “power,” they needed to amend their Constitution.
And even if they did amend the Constitution, such a claim to power over our lives would not be ethical. We have the right to buy and sell in peaceful manner, regardless of what politicians do or say.
A former senior FDA leader told Endpoints that they’re departing because they’re frustrated that CDC and their ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) committee are involved in decisions that they think should be up to the FDA. The former FDAer also said he’s heard they’re upset with CBER (Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA) director Peter Marks for not insisting that those decisions should be kept inside FDA. What finally did it for them was the White House getting ahead of FDA on booster shots.
And who appears to have been behind that?
According to the President, his comment arose from a conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is neither at the FDA nor the CDC.
This, all from a central government that, as Bonchie notes, sees bureaucrats lag far behind the curve in acknowledging the strength of natural immunity after infection.
But, as immediately important as it is, all of that resides at the surface-level of a much deeper issue, the issue of the existence of these agencies in the first place, and the need to see the market free of government.
Regardless of where one comes down on the issue of COVID-19 jabs, immunity, and the bureaucratic barking in DC, the key is to see the light of freedom that is snuffed out by all of it.
Because of the FDA, many beneficial drugs have taken years longer than necessary to reach the market. Because of the FDA, many Americans erroneously believe certain drugs are safe, simply because they’ve been “approved” for sale.
The only way to see past these problems is to question the heart of the problems: government.
That’s a pathogen that’s infected far too much of our daily lives.
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