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Key data on U.S. J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says

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By Chris Prentice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Data needed to determine the advisability of booster shots of the Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) Inc and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) COVID-19 vaccines is just weeks away, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday.

Health officials signaled they expected boosters would ultimately be recommended for a broad swath of the population, but urged Americans not to seek booster doses until they have FDA approval.

"We recommend that people wait until you get to the point where you fall into the category where it's recommended," he told CNN.

On Friday, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended a third shot https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-covid-19-booster-debate-moves-fda-vaccine-advisory-committee-2021-09-17 of the two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for people age 65 and older or at high risk of severe COVID-19, but declined to endorse boosters for the wider population.

Though the FDA is not bound by the panel's recommendation, it will take it into consideration when deciding whether to recommend a third round of shots.

"This is not the end of the story," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union" program. "They're going to continue to look at this, literally in real time," Fauci added.

People who have received the two-dose Moderna vaccine or one-dose J&J vaccine are still awaiting guidance on possible booster shots.

"The actual data that we'll get (on) that third shot for the Moderna and second shot for the J&J is literally a couple to a few weeks away," Fauci told NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

"We're working on that right now to get the data to the FDA so they can examine it and make a determination about the boosters for those people," Fauci added.

More data may also show a broader need for booster shots across the general U.S. population, Fauci said.

The United States leads the world in total reported COVID-19 cases and deaths. Nearly 676,000 people have died during the pandemic in the United States, figures compiled by Reuters https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/united-states showed. An increase in U.S. cases and deaths in recent months has been most acute in areas with lower vaccination rates even as federal health officials implore vaccine holdouts to get their shots.

Biden announced in August https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/08/18/remarks-by-president-biden-on-fighting-the-covid-19-pandemic-2 the government's intention to roll out booster shots for people age 16 and older, pending approval by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts.

The FDA's decision-making process does not negate the White House's position favoring boosters, Fauci said, saying the plan was always contingent on FDA's regulatory process.

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said on the "Fox News Sunday" program that he expects it would "become clear over the next few weeks that administration of boosters may need to be enlarged," citing existing data from the United States and Israel indicating waning vaccine effectiveness over time.

The officials also signaled the timeline for vaccine authorization for children from 5-11 years old is in the coming weeks.

"For kids 5 to 11, the data is supposed to come in at the end of this month, and FDA will be working 24-7 to go through it," Collins said. "So we all hope that can happen in weeks, and not months."

Key data on U.S. J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says
 

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Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Sep 19, 2021 10:23PM ET
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Cant believe Fauci is still in charge. He has been lying since the start and still nothing happened. This will never happen in Europe
Bob Dimitratos
Bob Dimitratos Sep 19, 2021 9:12PM ET
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This criminal is thoroughly compromised and in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry.
Thanos theBear
Thanos theBear Sep 19, 2021 9:12PM ET
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time to load up Moderna if the world is forced to jab it up.
Kenneth nelson
grasshopper Sep 19, 2021 8:57PM ET
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Fauci is a squirrel
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Sep 19, 2021 8:57PM ET
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he's a authoritative crooked glass swallowing toad
Sol Wein
Sol Wein Sep 19, 2021 4:55PM ET
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Fauci, NO ONE IS RUNNING TO GET S BOOSTER do stop making like people are lining up to get this garbage injected into them!
Jokers R Us
Jokers R Us Sep 19, 2021 3:58PM ET
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Reuters = CIA propaganda
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Sep 19, 2021 3:56PM ET
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booster is designed to be recommended, so it will be recommended. what is there to wait for it, a couple or a few weeks
Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Sep 19, 2021 3:49PM ET
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Isn't that Ellen DeGeneres in the picture?
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Sep 19, 2021 3:49PM ET
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you never see them together do you....?
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Sep 19, 2021 3:49PM ET
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She's busy apologizing for being white and privileged
Hassene Daouadji Mohamed
Hassene Daouadji Mohamed Sep 19, 2021 3:12PM ET
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David9 Sep 19, 2021 2:52PM ET
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Dr. Fauci is right...
Millennial Metals
Millennial Metals Sep 19, 2021 2:43PM ET
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If doctor michael burry doesn’t reccomend the jab i will not be taking the jab
DrFunkenstein hayson
DrFunkenstein hayson Sep 19, 2021 1:26PM ET
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these 🤡🤡🤡 are screwing with Peoples lives. how many more shots will people take 1a week? do we have any long term data on the side effects ? do we have any information on what's actually in them? have we had any debate or discussion on alternative therapies?
Baris Duzalan
Baris Duzalan Sep 19, 2021 1:26PM ET
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Who cares what you think? You're free not to take them...so shut the ...k up!
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Sep 19, 2021 1:26PM ET
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I care what he thinks. Freedom of speech. Even if I don't agree.
DrFunkenstein hayson
DrFunkenstein hayson Sep 19, 2021 1:25PM ET
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billions more for the drug companies of which fauci will directly benefit from. nope no corruption here
Millennial Metals
Millennial Metals Sep 19, 2021 1:17PM ET
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This entire thing has been a joke.
Jm Vm
Jm Vm Sep 19, 2021 1:17PM ET
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The 660,000 dead Americans and their families would like to get you alone in a room for 10 minutes.
Mike Corradini
Mike Corradini Sep 19, 2021 1:14PM ET
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If it didn’t work the first two times, you fit the definition of insanity thinking it will work on your 3rd jab.
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Edward Chong
Edward Chong Sep 19, 2021 1:14PM ET
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haha technically u are right.
Baris Duzalan
Baris Duzalan Sep 19, 2021 1:14PM ET
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Stop spreading lies. Vaccines work!
Sol Wein
Sol Wein Sep 19, 2021 1:14PM ET
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Baris Duzalan lol. How so?
mat connors
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vaccines kill people. it is merely a tool for the evil
Big Dog
Big Dog Sep 19, 2021 12:53PM ET
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FDA........shot it down....remove this fake news report
mat connors
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Exactly!!! Thank you! This is a bs story and they know it. Only fools believe this LIAR
 
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