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Fauci says vast majority of vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster

Stock MarketsNov 23, 2021 05:41PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20,

By Michele Gershberg and Julie Steenhuysen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday the vast majority of Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should receive a booster shot, and that an additional dose could eventually become the country's standard for determining who is fully vaccinated.

Fauci and other disease experts have said they expect that COVID-19 will transition this spring from a pandemic phase in the United States to an endemic disease, meaning that the virus will continue to circulate at a lower level, causing smaller, less disruptive but still significant outbreaks in the coming years.

But some are expressing new concern over a rise in U.S. infections in recent weeks, a trend that is likely to accelerate as more Americans travel and gather for U.S. Thanksgiving this week and other upcoming holidays.

"We'd like to get as many people who were originally vaccinated with the first regimen boosted," Fauci said in an interview for the upcoming Reuters Next conference.

Asked to quantify, he said, the "overwhelming majority" of Americans who have been fully vaccinated should now receive a COVID-19 booster shot based on data showing they provide "substantial" protection beyond what is seen from the original inoculation.

To date, about 33 million Americans have received a booster dose. The government recently expanded eligibility for an additional shot to all U.S. adults.

Studies from Israel and other countries have shown that vaccine protection wanes over time. While data first suggested that was mostly a problem in the elderly, there is newer evidence that it occurs among all age groups, Fauci said.

"That's the reason why we're very keen on getting as many people who are originally vaccinated to get a booster ... because they really do work," he said.

As experience with COVID-19 vaccines grows, it is conceivable that the definition of a "full and complete regimen" in the United States would comprise three doses of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) and two doses of the Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) vaccine, he said, similar to what some other countries have done.

"Right now, officially, fully vaccinated equals two shots of the mRNA and one shot of the J&J, but without a doubt that could change," he said. "That's on the table for discussion."

As for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, which started with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine earlier this month, Fauci said there is no sign of any new safety issues. "There is no signal at all," Fauci said.

At least 10% of the 28 million eligible children have gotten a first dose, Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, said on Monday.

Fauci said people need to realize that no vaccine is completely without side effects. But when you consider the risks of COVID-19 compared to the very rare risk of an adverse event in a child, "overwhelmingly ... the benefit far, far outweighs the risk."

Asked whether he might consider retiring any time soon, the 80-year-old immunologist who heads the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, "I'm not even remotely contemplating that right now."

Fauci said he still wants to see the end of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and he also wants to see progress on ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic, to which he has devoted much of his career.

"There's a lot of unfinished business right now, so I'm not even thinking about walking away."

Fauci says vast majority of vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster
 

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Guy Dewaerheid
Guy Dewaerheid Nov 25, 2021 1:06AM ET
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First was virus mutate frenquently, later it was double mutation, then it was multiple mutation and last (South Africa reported by the britons (less than 24h ago) is mutate premanently. Of course the booster is needed. but my questions are who much in a year and who would produce the shots for everyone ? I'm afraid there is no solution for countries who gives the opportunity to the virus for progagation. All those countries need to go in lockdown and wait my advice to go out of it (?) If it is me to take the decision US will never quit the lockdown, so listen to Fauci is beter for Amerika. With such evolution decisions on shots are to take with robots and not people.
Fryderyk Szymanowski
Fryderyk Szymanowski Nov 24, 2021 8:20AM ET
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Devil's son
Nordin Mohamad
Nordin Mohamad Nov 24, 2021 1:14AM ET
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hahaha another round of profit money collection around the globe for fauci and geng to make him billionaire retired dr.
Cathy Bartlett
Cathy Bartlett Nov 23, 2021 10:30PM ET
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This sewer rat is liar and works for the CCP...
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Nov 23, 2021 9:57PM ET
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this is a managed scam to usher in c ommunism while bankrupting the west. it's so obvious half of you can't see it.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Nov 23, 2021 7:03PM ET
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Do I need a booster if I never come out of my bubble suit ?
David David
David9 Nov 23, 2021 7:03PM ET
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If you choose to stay home then you are ok... but if you go out, you need your phone to show you have been vaccinated and clear...
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Nov 23, 2021 7:03PM ET
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David David Now people are being divided into vaccinated and unvaccinated, clean and unclean. We are persecuted and reviled, just as it was in 1930’s Germany.
David David
David9 Nov 23, 2021 6:40PM ET
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Yes, we all need the booster shot. This should be mandatory until the virus is gone... of you don't get a booster then you need to stay home and don't go anywhere.
John Avenetti
John Avenetti Nov 23, 2021 6:40PM ET
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You're either a c ommie or don't know the difference.
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Nov 23, 2021 6:40PM ET
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David9 is obviously a Marxist, Globalist, supporter of the New World Order of Neofeudalist Totalitarianism.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Nov 23, 2021 5:50PM ET
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Does that mean vaccine efficacy is waning? Simple question
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Nov 23, 2021 5:50PM ET
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Yeah. Looks like our vaccines were worthless.
David David
David9 Nov 23, 2021 5:50PM ET
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if the vaccine is worthless then explained to me why the majority of people took it? the small 10% need to learn how to live in a society with rules and laws...
Anthony Cloud
Anthony Cloud Nov 23, 2021 5:50PM ET
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David David The majority of people are brainwas_ed sheep that will do whatever the government tells them. The 10% is similiar to the 1% statement we have all heard. The 10% (or 1%) have figured it out.
Josh Davis
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Sure they should lol. What a joke
 
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