The United States currently recommends that people who are fully vaccinated take a booster dose eight months after their second dose. (Related: IT’S A SUBSCRIPTION: Fauci says government on track to administer COVID-19 booster doses every eight months.)
On Aug. 15, President Joe Biden set a deadline for when booster doses will be available. He said the boosters will be available “for every adult” starting on Sept. 20.
Currently, only the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech may get approval from both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We’ve said it right from the very beginning, we’re not going to do anything unless it gets the appropriate FDA regulatory approval and then the recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices,” said Fauci during an interview with mainstream media outlet CBS.
“Looks like Pfizer has their data in, likely would meet the deadline. We hope that Moderna would also be able to do it, so we could do it simultaneously,” he added. “But if not, we’ll do it sequentially. So the bottom line is, very likely, at least part of the plan will be implemented, but ultimately the entire plan will be.”
Current recommendations for people who have taken the Moderna vaccine are for them to hold off for longer as the company waits for the FDA and the CDC to sign off on Moderna booster doses.
In a different interview, Fauci insisted that people who were fully vaccinated using the Moderna vaccines said “it’s better to wait” for the approval of the third dose than to get a Pfizer shot.
He noted that the federal government still does not have data regarding mixing vaccines from different manufacturers. The studies regarding if people who received Moderna or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines would be able to mix-and-match and receive a Pfizer booster are still ongoing.
“We were hoping that we would get both candidates – both products – Moderna and Pfizer rolled out by the week of the 20th. It is conceivable that we will only have one of them out, but the other will likely follow soon thereafter,” said Fauci.
Fauci claimed that delaying the release of booster doses for Moderna is a safety precaution that must be taken. “When you’re dealing with allowing the American public to receive [a medical] intervention, you want to make sure you are absolutely certain [of its safety].”
He made this claim despite the fact that for the past year Fauci and the government have been rushing to administer the hastily developed, experimental and deadly vaccines.
Over a million Americans have already gotten boosters
The mass vaccination of the U.S. continues despite the mounting data regarding adverse events arising from the COVID-19 vaccines.
This data comes from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), a federal database run jointly by the FDA and the CDC that records reported side effects caused by vaccinations.
By the end of August, VAERS has recorded over 650,000 adverse events caused by the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
Vaccination trackers also show that the U.S. has administered over 373 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Information from the CDC confirms that around half of these doses may have gone to recipients of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. More than 95 million Americans have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.
Around 66 million more Americans have been fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, and another 14 million have received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson.
Furthermore, around 1.3 million people have already received an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose after the federal government authorized the administration of booster doses for certain individuals who are immunocompromised.
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