Fauci urges fully vaccinated people not to need COVID-19 injection boosters after CDC and FDA push back against Pfizer’s third dose
- dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need booster shots
- Early data released last week showed that the third dose of Pfizer generated levels of neutralizing antibodies five to 10 times higher than the first two doses.
- But the CDC and FDA have issued a joint statement saying no booster shots are needed at this time
- Fauci said Pfizer is just being proactive, explaining that booster shots extend the already strong protection instead of increasing declining antibody levels
The country’s top infectious disease expert says Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t need booster shots.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed a possible federal authorization of a third dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
However, after Pfizer met on Monday with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agencies issued a joint statement stating that immunized Americans are not currently need dose. .
Fauci said he agreed with federal health authorities because there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that protections against two-dose vaccines are fading.
“We’re not there yet and that’s what the CDC and FDA meant when they came out with their joint statement,” he said.
‘They looked at the data in real time. So they will examine data coming in from other sources, taking the Pfizer data into account.”
dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday (above) that Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need booster shots
Early data released last week showed that the third dose of Pfizer generated levels of neutralizing antibodies five to ten times higher than the first two doses, pictured: a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, July 2021
Last week, Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced that a booster shot of their COVID-19 vaccine extends protection against the virus.
Clinical studies have shown that the third dose, administered six months after the second, elicited levels of neutralizing antibodies that were five to ten times higher than the first two doses.
In addition, the companies say they plan to modify the booster shot to directly target the Indian ‘Delta’ variant as it continues to spread across the US.
The companies said they plan to release “more definitive data” soon and submit it to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval.
The companies said they believe their booster shot has the potential to provide the “highest levels” of protection against all variants, including the Delta variant.
However, scientists remain “vigilant” and are developing an updated version of the third dose.
Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla has consistently stated that he believes Americans will need a third dose, and has even suggested that the vaccine become annual, much like the flu shot.
But Fauci explained that Pfizer officials say this because they are proactive.
“They look at their data, they look at the data in Israel and they say we want to be prepared and we might even recommend that it’s a good idea to take a third shot, which is a late booster compared to up to the main boost you get with the two-dose vaccine regimen,” he said.
“People need to understand that pharmaceutical companies don’t make the decisions.
“This is going to be a regulatory issue with the FDA and the public health recommendation with the CDC and their advisory committee on immunization practices.”
Fauci also addressed concerns that approval of a booster injection means COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective.
He explained that a third dose only prolongs the already strong antibody levels instead of amplifying the diminishing protection.
‘When [people] hearing that you may need a boost, they may get the impression that the vaccine is not effective.
“The need for a boost or not, for a fully vaccinated person has nothing at all to do with the effectiveness of the vaccine. It has to do with the durability of the effectiveness.
“So people say the vaccines may not work if they need a booster. No not at all.’