A third vaccine dose? It never ends!
Infectious diseases expert and White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that he would not be at all surprised if the recommended full regimen for the two-shot COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. became three doses instead of two, according to CNBC.
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During a Thursday White House press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci was asked if he believed the U.S. would follow Israel’s example and require people to receive a third dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in order to be considered “fully vaccinated.”
Zeke Miller with the Associated Press asked Fauci, “You mentioned the studies in Israel. We’ve seen the Israeli government require people to get a third dose of the vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated. They’re — do you expect a similar change the United States that — you know, that if the third dose after that eight-month waiting period will be required to be, quote, unquote, ‘considered fully vaccinated’ and enjoy the privileges of the freedoms that that provides?”
Fauci responded, “The determination whether something is now — constitute ‘fully vaccinated,’ I will leave that up to the FDA when they get the data on the three doses to make that determination — and then, ultimately, a recommendation from the ACIP to the CDC so that it’s recommended.”