Although the latest COVID booster shot debuted over a month ago amid media, CDC, and Biden administration fanfare, an increasingly vaccine-skeptical American public continues to stay away in droves from the new jab.
As of a few days ago, only about 7 million Americans — roughly two percent (2%)— have elected to take the new “updated” shots produced by Moderna (MRNA.O), Pfizer (PFE.N), and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) which purport to target the XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus.
By comparison, 18 million people — or more than 2.5 times as many — had received last year’s booster by this time in 2022. In the end, 17% of the U.S. population, or 56.5 million people, ultimately received last year’s versions of the vaccine. The current statistical trajectory suggests that ultimately the number of Americans receiving this year’s booster will fall far short of that.
The sharp decline in demand comes despite the fact that 91% of Americans ages 12 and up can now access the vaccines within five miles of home, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Rejecting the COVID-industrial complex
The U.S. public isn’t buying what the COVID-industrial complex — Big Pharma working in collaboration with Big Tech, the Biden administration, and the media — is selling.
The “2% uptake is abysmal,” wrote OutKick’s Ian Miller. “While these new doses haven’t been around quite as long, 7 million shows that there’s little interest in further doses, no matter how hard the COVID industrial complex tries.”…