Practically everyone will be directed to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the future, Dr. Anthony Fauci hinted at Tuesday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a remote talk held as part of the Atlantic Festival, “I ultimately believe that the optimal regimen for a vaccine for mRNAs includes that third booster shot.” Will happen.” .
Three doses would become a “proper, complete regimen,” he also said.
The two most widely used COVID-19 vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, use messenger RNA technology.
The vaccines were originally recommended as a two-dose regimen, but Biden administration officials recently allowed and recommended a third shot for several population groups, including everyone 65 or older.
Experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the data so far shows vaccines are working well in terms of preventing hospitalizations and deaths, and argued that many Americans There was little reason to promote it. A minority believe that boosters should be widely used to increase protection against infection. The effectiveness of shots against infection has dropped dramatically since the beginning of this year.
Fauci is in the small camp. He thinks it’s important to prevent infection, even though most people who get COVID-19 don’t need hospital care.
“It’s a belief that it’s okay to be infected and have mild to moderate disease as long as you don’t wind up in the hospital and die. And let me be open and honest: I disapprove of it. I think that We should prevent people from getting sick with COVID, even if they are not locked up in the hospital,” he said.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.
Fauci also said there is data showing that the protection against hospitalizations from vaccines is decreasing, starting with the elderly but then occurring in other age groups. He said this was not known during clinical trials. And it’s not yet known whether annual boosters supported by both Pfizer and Moderna will be needed.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said last week that at the moment, the term “fully immunized” applies to people who have received the initial two-dose regimen. But Fauci’s remarks indicate that may not always be the case.
Fauci, Valensky and other top government health officials said in a joint statement last month that they were supporting booster shots, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not authorize a third shot for anyone until that they do not have a weakened immune system and at least one of a certain set of medical conditions.
He said the protection provided by vaccines was waning and he was “starting to see evidence of less protection against mild and moderate disease,” leading him to believe that serious illness, hospitalization, and death could lead to Security “could be reduced in the months ahead.”
The FDA later expanded authorization of Pfizer’s shot to enable a third dose for millions of Americans. Rejecting the CDC’s advisory panel on a major proposal, Valensky approved a set of recommendations related to getting the booster.
A CDC study released Tuesday, relying on self-reported data in those who received a third dose between August 12 and September 19, found that side effects from the booster were similar to the rate seen after the second dose. The scientists said they did not detect an “unexpected pattern of adverse reactions following an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine”.
Fauci is the top medical adviser to President Joe Biden. The president, who got his booster Tuesday, said last week that booster shots would be available “basically across the board” in the future.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times