Dr. Fauci says the US may not need AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

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Dr. Fauci says the US may not need AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine even if it gets regulatory approval as Moderna gets the green light to accelerate rollout with larger vials

  • Fauci said America has enough contracts with other vaccine manufacturers to inoculate the entire population, even without approving the AstraZeneca vaccine
  • The US has approved and rolled out three vaccines so far: Pfizer and Moderna with their dual vaccines and Johnson & Johnson’s one-time vaccine
  • Fauci said the stock coming from these three drug manufacturers may even be enough to give booster shots in the fall.
  • AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use by dozens of countries, excluding the US, but some concerns have been raised in recent months
  • In March, more than a dozen countries temporarily discontinued its use after reports linked it to a rare blood clotting disorder
  • Moderna received FDA clearance on Thursday to make two changes to the vaccine that will help speed up the number of shots in the arms of Americans.
  • It can now fill a single vial with up to 15 doses, higher than the original 10 doses
  • Suppliers can also safely extract up to 11 doses from the original 10-dose vials

Dr. Fauci has said the US may not need AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, even if it gets regulatory approval, as Moderna gets the green light to accelerate rollout with larger vials.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the White House, told Reuters on Thursday that America has enough contracts with other vaccine manufacturers to inoculate the entire population, even without approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine that has passed in dozens is used. from other countries.

The US has approved and rolled out three COVID-19 vaccines so far: Pfizer and Moderna with their dual vaccines and Johnson & Johnson’s one-time vaccine.

Fauci said the stock of these three drug manufacturers will not only be enough to get all Americans vaccinated, but will also be enough to give booster shots in the fall.

Dr.  Fauci has said the US may not need AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, even if it gets regulatory approval

Dr. Fauci has said the US may not need AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, even if it gets regulatory approval

“My overall feeling is that given the contractual relationships we have with a number of companies, we have enough vaccine to meet all of our needs without relying on AstraZeneca,” said Fauci.

‘If you look at the numbers [of doses] that we’ll get, the amount you can get from J&J, from Novavax from Moderna if we contract for more, it’s likely we can handle any boost we need, but I can’t say for sure. ‘

Fauci added that the potential admission of the AstraZeneca vaccine was still ‘on the air’.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use by dozens of countries, excluding the US, but some concerns have been raised in recent months.

At the end of last year, the drug manufacturer and the University of Oxford published data from a previous study showing two different efficacy values ​​due to a dosing error.

In March, more than a dozen countries temporarily suspended its use after reports linked it to a rare blood clotting disorder.

The European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization have said the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks, but are monitoring the situation.

A woman gets the Moderna vaccine.  Moderna was given the green light on Thursday to accelerate the rollout with larger bottles

A woman gets the Moderna vaccine.  Moderna was given the green light on Thursday to accelerate the rollout with larger bottles

A woman gets the Moderna vaccine. Moderna was given the green light on Thursday to accelerate the rollout with larger bottles

This week, Germany said only people 60 and older should receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Meanwhile, also in March, a US health agency said data from the company gave an incomplete picture of its efficacy.

Days later, AstraZeneca published results showing decreased but still strong efficacy.

Fauci’s comments came the same day Moderna got the green light for two changes to its vaccine that will help speed up getting shots in the arms of Americans.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved Moderna to now fill a single vial with up to 15 doses, an increase from the original vials designed to hold 10 doses.

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use by dozens of countries, but some concerns have been raised about possible links to a rare blood clotting disorder.

The agency also said providers can safely extract up to 11 doses from the original 10-dose vials, instead of the 10 previously allowed.

Moderna said the approval means the vaccine can now be delivered in vials of 11 or 15 doses, and expects to start shipping vials of 15 doses in the coming weeks.

“ Both revisions positively impact the delivery of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which will help deliver more vaccine doses to communities and get shots in the arms faster, ” said Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

However, the regulator also cautioned that without the proper syringes and needles, it may not be possible for people administering the vaccine to extract more than 13 doses from the 15-dose vials of Moderna or 11 from the current vials.

Moderna has delivered 100 million doses of its vaccine to the US so far on March 29.

To date, more than 153 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Americans, with nearly a third of the population now having at least their first injection.

Overall, 30 percent of Americans have had their first dose with 16.9 percent fully vaccinated in the less than four months since a New York nurse was the first to receive the vaccine.

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