Fauci defends FDA panel decision to reject third doses for all Americans
Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol hill in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the Food and Drug Administration panel’s decision to reject offering a third booster shot of the Pfizer–BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to the general U.S. population.
According to the White House chief medical advisor, “I don’t think they made an error.” Fauci said on CNN’s “State of the Union”, Sunday.
Fauci said he supports a third dose of boosters if further data proves it to be effective. While the FDA gathers new data on boosters, the FDA’s priority is to continue convincing Americans not vaccinated to get vaccines.
Fauci’s comments come as the FDA advisory panel voted on Friday against giving third doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. However, they recommend booster doses to people over 65 years old and with other underlying medical conditions.
After President Joe Biden announced last month that booster shots would be available for all Americans starting September 20, the FDA panel added confusion to the issue.
He explained that he understood why confusion might exist because people didn’t understand the differences between planning for something, the actual element, or the proportion, of booster shots. “That’s what happened,” he said to NBC’s Meet the Press.
Later, he told ABC’s This Week that the deadline of September 20 was a placeholder and subject to input from the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He said, “The plan was to have this ready for when a decision has been made.” You put a date to your plan and say that you want it to go into effect on September 20th.
More than 181,000,000 Americans had been fully immunized as of September 18. Covid-19 is responsible for the deaths of over 670,000 individuals nationwide.
Data on boosters from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson is expected in the coming weeks, Fauci said. Fauci stated to “This Week”, that there will be a vaccine this fall for children around the end October or beginning November.