Fauci announces that the US is prepared to advance in the application of the third dose against COVID-19

Fauci US is prepared to application third dose against COVID-19

The White House’s chief medical adviser did not give a timeline, but said the groups that will receive the vaccine are being evaluated.

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said the United States is “absolutely prepared” to rapidly distribute a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a wider population if necessary.

He did not give a timeline, but said health officials are evaluating various groups “daily and weekly.”

“So if it turns out that as the data comes in, we see that we need to give an additional dose to people in nursing homes and to the elderly in general, and we are absolutely prepared to do it very quickly,” he said. on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

The issue of extra, or booster doses, has become more urgent, amid questions about infections among fully vaccinated people, particularly with the delta variant that is more contagious than the one now prevalent in the US, and whether the The effectiveness of the injections decreases over time. Last, week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disease USA approved a third injection for people with compromised immune systems.

“The FDA is especially aware that immunosuppressed individuals are at special risk for serious illness,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement. “After a comprehensive review of the available data, the FDA determined that this small, vulnerable group may benefit from a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines,” he said.

For the rest of the people outside the immunosuppressed group and who are vaccinated with the full schedule, the FDA stressed that they are still “adequately protected and do not need an additional dose of the covid-19 vaccine at this time.”

The New York Times reported Saturday that, with 100 million doses in storage, the Biden administration has begun working out plans to offer booster injections to some Americans starting this fall.

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said no decision had been made “because right now the data that we have from the United States says that people who are vaccinated are fully protected, even against delta.”

But, Collins said on Fox News: “There is concern that the vaccine may start to wane in effectiveness for months. And the delta is unpleasant to try to deal with. The combination of those two means that you may need reinforcement, perhaps starting first with healthcare providers, as well as people in nursing homes, and then gradually working your way up.”

Fauci also raised the issue of possibly more stringent mandates to wear masks or get vaccinated, at a time when he said 90 million in the US who are eligible remain unvaccinated . In the past, he has advocated for voluntary vaccine mandates at the local level and in companies.

We have to mitigate, put aside all these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize that we have a common enemy, and that common enemy is the virus,” he said. “And we really have to come together to overcome this, otherwise, we will continue to suffer as we are seeing now.”