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U.S. approval of COVID-19 shots could boost vaccination numbers, Fauci says

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2/2 © Reuters. Signs guide the public at a large vaccination and testing site as people with preexisting health conditions are granted access to a vaccination during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Inglewood, California, U.S., March 15, 2021. REUT 2/2

By Michael Erman and Carl O'Donnell

(Reuters) -Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday he hopes regulators as soon as next month could start granting full approval for the COVID-19 vaccines, a move he said could spur unvaccinated Americans to get the shots.

The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) two-dose vaccines and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)'s one-dose shot are currently being administered under emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Full approval by the FDA could push more Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine as it might reduce their fears about the safety of the shot and make local officials more comfortable about implementing vaccine mandates, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the White House, said in an interview with Reuters.

In addition, formal FDA approval would give physicians the ability to prescribe a third dose of the vaccine to people with weakened immune systems on an off-label basis, Fauci said.

Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech SE (NASDAQ:BNTX) as well as Moderna Inc have filed with the FDA to ask for full approval for their vaccines. Johnson & Johnson Inc has not yet requested full approval for its COVID-19 shot.

"Given what we've been through now and the number of months that have gone by since the (emergency use authorization), I would hope that within the very reasonable period of time in the future we'll see that. I hope as we get into the middle of August that we're almost there," Fauci said.

The FDA said in a statement on Friday that the agency is moving as rapidly as possible on the Pfizer-BioNTech application. The FDA said it had moved personnel and technological resources and prioritized its activities to complete its review given the surge in cases. STAT reported the FDA move earlier on Friday.

More than 163 million people in the United States, or nearly half of the population, have been fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But vaccination rates remain stubbornly low in some parts of the country, partly because large numbers of people are hesitant to receive the vaccine, CDC data shows.

The spread of the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant has fueled a new surge in infections, with the CDC reporting rising numbers of cases in nearly 90% of U.S. jurisdictions.

More than 611,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.

"If we get that 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not yet gotten vaccinated, that is the answer to the problem," Fauci said. "If we don't get those people vaccinated, you are going to continue to see an acceleration of cases."

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is currently the only one authorized in the U.S. for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. Fauci said he expects to start seeing data on how well the vaccines work in kids aged 11 and under "as we get into the fall."

The FDA may require vaccine makers to expand access to the COVID-19 shots to younger kids through the full approval process, rather than the faster emergency use authorization (EUA) process that was used to get the shots cleared in teens and adults, Fauci said.

Pfizer said earlier this week it expects to have data from its clinical trials to potentially support an EUA for kids aged 5 to 11 by the end of September. However, data to support a full approval will take longer and is expected by the end of the year.

 

U.S. approval of COVID-19 shots could boost vaccination numbers, Fauci says
 

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Me comment Aug 01, 2021 9:57AM ET
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With what 360+ million shots give anyone really think the FDA won't approve the Covid vaccines. Oh wait the uneducated trump supporters will, since they can't comprehend anything.
Bib Wi
Bib Wi Aug 01, 2021 6:17AM ET
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Fauci will be in jail soon
Steve Cohen
Steve Cohen Jul 31, 2021 1:58AM ET
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Dont you love it when politicians get involved to rush the safety tests of a vaccine. I Dont know about you, but im convinced no shortcuts will take place.
Bryan Tom
Bryan Tom Jul 31, 2021 12:44AM ET
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Where's ANTIFA now that there's actual fascism occurring?
Hans Billings
Hans Billings Jul 31, 2021 12:03AM ET
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buying AMC could boost vaccination numbers, Hans says.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Jul 30, 2021 10:48PM ET
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Wait a minute what ever happened to the liberal chant of a generation." My body my choice" I'll apply that philosophy now ok.
Raymond Huggard
Raymond Huggard Jul 30, 2021 9:27PM ET
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Let people make their own decisions and then let the chips fall …
CHADWICK RICHINGTON
CHADWICK RICHINGTON Jul 30, 2021 9:25PM ET
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Enjoy your experimental warp speed jab you simps
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 30, 2021 9:23PM ET
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Get the vaccine. The military has required them for decades. Quit being babies.
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Investing Man Jul 30, 2021 9:21PM ET
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I believe the sudden uptic is more likely do to funds ending, employers calling people back to work, and eviction stays going away... and the republicans AND democrats who don't want to work (yes people, there are losers on both sides).
John Wim
John Wim Jul 30, 2021 9:08PM ET
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The democrats will continue this nonsense untill the mid term elections next year.
Hans Billings
Hans Billings Jul 30, 2021 9:00PM ET
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If you're worried about dying, get the shot. If you're not, don't get it. If you got it, great, leave ppl alone who choose not to. The vaccinated can spread it just the same as the unvaccinated. I bet somebody is mad and thumbs this down
Al Gore
Al Gore Jul 30, 2021 8:43PM ET
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this is a crime against humanity
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 30, 2021 8:43PM ET
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Vaccines have been required by the military, schools, and travel for nearly a century.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Jul 30, 2021 8:41PM ET
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78 percent of the people who recently were involved in the Massachusetts covid breakout were fully vaccinated. Seriously people you are rolling up your sleeves willingly for a experimental vaccine. Where are your heads at?
Investing Man
Investing Man Jul 30, 2021 8:41PM ET
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This tells me 78% of the people in Mass don't want to go back to work, and yes... they are both republicans and democrats.
Stephen Towne
Stephen Towne Jul 30, 2021 8:40PM ET
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Genocide
raymond djon
raymond djon Jul 30, 2021 8:34PM ET
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Biden/Kamala during election last year "We will not be getting the vaccine if it comes out under the Trump administration", MSM during election last year "Why rushing a vaccine is a bad idea"....Biden/Kamala/MSM this year "YOU BETTER TAKE THIS EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE THAT IS SUPER DUPER SAFE AND EFFECTIVE OR YOU ARE AN EVIL TRUMP SUPPORTER...ALSO, KEEP WEARING A MASK AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOME EVEN AFTER TAKING THE SUPER DUPER SAFE AND EFFECTIVE VACCINE"
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 30, 2021 8:31PM ET
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The issue is not the FDA at this point, it is that people like Fauci have been wrong about just about everything since the start of this and people distrust propaganda. Nothing that they are saying makes any logical sense from a public health or legal perspective. Since COVID vaccines do not prevent you from getting/spreading the virus, how do these mandates make sense to anybody? Why should there only be mandatory testing for unvaccinated people if vaccinated people are also spreading the virus? Even within the White House, there was a spreads of the virus from vaccinated people due to the Texas Democrats and Nancy Pelosi's office just in the past couple of weeks. Every other vaccine that is mandated, such as in public schools for children, is because it is the type of vaccine that prevents people from spreading the virus (ie once vaccinated, you do not spread the virus even if you are exposed to it). COVID vaccines are not that type of vaccine, they are simply for symptomatic relief.
Catherine Varns
Catherine Varns Jul 30, 2021 8:31PM ET
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Further, the government has given COVID manufactureres legal immunity. I can see why many people are already contacting lawyers regarding these mandates, doubt they are legal. There is no precedence of this for this type of vaccine. There are a massive number of adverse events and deaths already reported in the VAERS system related to COVID-19 vaccines, more than every other vaccine in the system combined.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jul 30, 2021 5:53PM ET
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Covid is a distraction now. Look elsewhere when the media wants you to look here
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jul 30, 2021 1:30PM ET
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The irony of having Fauci in charge is that he is responsible for funding the Wuhan Lab gain of function experiments. In Congress testimony Dr Fauci could not say at what percentage of infections things can go back to normal as if he did not want that, as if Fauci and his partners are enjoying and maximizing this crisis they helped create to the fullest.
andy matalobos
andy matalobos Jul 30, 2021 1:30PM ET
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The Delta virus is ten times smarter than Retrumpicans zombies....Let them get sick and disappear like magic.
Sarune Tilvikaite
Sarune Tilvikaite Jul 30, 2021 1:30PM ET
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andy matalobos   you can have my shot and all the booster shots every 6 month that they will pump you with. People with natural imunity and healthy lifestyle dont need any of those shots so just you know and they are not scared to die.
Jeff Pugliese
Jeffro Jul 30, 2021 1:30PM ET
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andy matalobos  Nice copy and paste, keep working for the CCP
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jul 30, 2021 1:30PM ET
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andy matalobos you need to do some research buddy. More infections, but Less people are actually dying now.
 
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