Fauci says it is not yet clear if people will need annual boosters

President BidenJoe BidenGallego on January 6 troublemakers: ‘F — them’ Psaki: Why is the GOP afraid of presidential debates? Biden urges employers to mandate vaccines despite Supreme Court ruling MOREs Chief Medical Advisor Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill’s 12:30 report: Biden puts strategies together with Senate Dems scientists, doctors defend Fauci after heated exchanges with Republicans. Doctors shout Spotify over ‘false and socially harmful allegations’ on Joe Rogan show MORE said in an interview that it is not yet clear whether people will need annual COVID-19 boosters, even as the CEOs of several drug manufacturers have indicated that a fourth dose of vaccine may be needed.

“We have only recently boosted people. We want to find out if the booster gives you a degree of durability of protection and should actually be the standard cure with three doses of an mRNA and two doses of J&J,” Fauci said in an interview with NBC News published Thursday.

“Or – and it’s a big ‘or’ right now – are we going to have to boost people every year or so?” He continued.

Fauci said that although it was a good thing that the original strain of COVID-19 was used in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine – because “we were lucky that even though [strains] were different, they were not so different that the vaccine did not cover it well “- omicron has confused the situation.

“We did pretty well with a primary vaccination and a boost with delta. Then suddenly there was omicron,” Fauci told the network. “And if you look at the effect against delta versus omicron, it dropped to about 30 percent.”

The leading expert in infectious diseases said he wants a vaccine that would ideally be effective against all kinds of COVID-19 variants.

Fauci’s comments come as CEOs of drug manufacturers such as Pfizer and Moderna have suggested that people may need a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine due to concerns about the omicron variant and declining booster effect.

“I think we’ll need the fourth dose,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC last month.

“With omicron, we have to wait and see because we have very little information. We may need it faster,” than a previous 12-month timeline that Bourla had considered administering a fourth dose after a person initial booster, CEO said.


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