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Fauci Says No Immediate Need for Covid Booster for Fully Vaccinated Americans | Biden Administration


Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that there is no immediate need for a Covid-19 booster for fully vaccinated Americans, but he remained open to the possibility in the future, as reports suggest that a major pharmaceutical company plans to pressure the government officials to approve the booster shots next week.

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced last week that it had observed that its vaccine, while effective against the virus, had “decreased efficacy against symptomatic disease over time.” The company suggested that as new variants continue to emerge, a booster shot after six months “may be beneficial.”

The announcement prompted a rare joint statement from the US Food and Drug Administration. [FDA] and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], indicating that fully vaccinated Americans do not require a booster.

Appearing on CNN on Sunday, Fauci, President Biden’s top medical adviser, reiterated the advice of the CDC and FDA, but acknowledged that the guidance may change in the future.

“This is not something we say ‘no, we don’t need a boost right now, the story is forever over.’ A lot of work is being done to examine this in real time to see if we might need a boost, ”Fauci said. “But right now, given the data that the CDC and FDA have, they don’t feel like we have to tell people right now that they need a boost.”

Reports over the weekend indicated that Pfizer will brief US health officials next week on the need for a third booster shot. The report, published in the Washington Post, came as Israel Announced would offer a third booster shot to adults with weak immune systems, but was still considering the possibility of implementing boosters in the general population.

As Covid-19 vaccination rates continue to stabilize in the United States and cases rise in certain areas, Fauci urged millions of unvaccinated Americans to “put politics aside” and get vaccinated.

The nation’s leading infectious disease expert appeared on three Sunday morning political shows, warning that those who remained unvaccinated were particularly vulnerable to the fast-spreading Delta variant. The variant was present in more than half of the new Covid cases during the last two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 24 states reported an increase of at least 10% in total cases. Only 56% of the eligible population, aged 12 and over, is now fully vaccinated in the U.S..

Appearing on ABC News, Fauci said of the variant: “It is very clear that this is a nasty variant. It has a much greater capacity to transmit from person to person ”.

He added: “The bad news is that we have a very nasty variant, the good news is that we have a vaccine that works against it.”

The comments came as a recent survey and data analysis continues to indicate a substantial and widening political gap in vaccination rates. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit health care organization published this week found that the average vaccination rate in the counties that voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election was 35% compared to 46.7% in Biden counties. The analysis also showed that the average gap between the red and blue county vaccination rates had increased significantly in less than a month.

Meanwhile, a poll published by ABC News and the Washington Post earlier this month found that 93% of Democrats said they were vaccinated or planned to get vaccinated, compared to just 49% of Republicans.

“What we are trying to do is just put politics aside, this is not the time for politics. This is a public Health problem and virus, and public health does not know the difference between a Democrat and a Republican or an independent, ” Fauci told ABC.

The public health expert continues to be considered a political scoring figure by conservative leaders, who have prompted a series of unfounded conspiracy theories linked to the release of his emails under freedom of information laws last month.

At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Fauci was attacked by former President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. during a speech on friday. The conference has also seen open support for hesitation from some speakers.

During his appearance on CNN, Fauci was shown a clip of an event at the conference during which a crowd of attendees applauded as conservative author Alex Berenson celebrated the fact that the Biden administration had reached its vaccination rate targets. . earlier this month.

When asked to respond, Fauci said: “It’s horrible. They are cheering for someone who says it is good that people are not trying to save their lives. I mean, if you unzip it for a second … it’s almost scary. “


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