Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor, Anthony Fauci says that the U.S. will be “absolutely prepared” for a third coronavirus vaccination to a larger population in a more timely manner if needed.
Fauci gave no evidence, details, or timeline, but said that officials are evaluating various groups on a daily basis. “So if it turns out, as the data come in, we see we do need to give an additional dose to people in nursing homes, actually, or people who are elderly we will be absolutely prepared to do that very quickly,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
The issue of additional, or booster shots has become increasingly more pressing as time goes on, amid questions about “breakthrough” infections among the fully vaccinated, particularly with the supposedly more contagious delta variant now in the U.S., and whether the shots’ efficacy declines over time. “Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a third shot for people with compromised immune systems,” per a Boston Globe report.
Director of the NIH, Francis Collins, said on Fox News “Sunday,” “there is a concern that the vaccine may start to wane in its effectiveness over months. And delta is a nasty one for us to try to deal with. The combination of those two means we may need boosters, maybe beginning first with health care providers, as well as people in nursing homes, and then gradually moving forward.”
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