Anthony Fauci announced that the third dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 would be administered to the population at risk "reasonably soon" in the US.
The chief epidemiologist at the White House said the booster injection would be necessary for people with a weak immune system, including those who have had organ transplants or receive chemotherapy.
In the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci is in charge of the fight against the coronavirus, believes that the third dose of the vaccine will be administered to the population at risk "reasonably soon," Amid the debate over whether the authorities should approve a new booster injection due to the "revolutionary" increase in new cases.
"We need to see them from a different perspective. Of course, we will call those people before the general population who have already been vaccinated, and we should start doing so reasonably soon, "the top White House epidemiologist said in an interview with CNN.
Fauci assured that all those with a weak immune system, including those who have recently undergone organ transplants or receive chemotherapy," have never had an adequate response" from the coronavirus vaccine, so they should receive a third dose.
On the possibility that this booster dose is administered to other groups of people in vulnerable situations, Fauci has left that decision in the hands of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) and has informed that "as soon as" they have more data, the list will be updated.
As soon as they confirm that the level of sustainability of protection has decreased, a recommendation to vaccinate them will be announced, he said, referring to the elderly and those living in residences.
"Vaccines are still doing what they were originally wanted to do, keeping people out of the hospital and preventing them from getting seriously ill," emphasized Fauci, who has again warned of the daily increase in coronavirus cases, surpassing the 100,000 barrier, mainly due to the much more contagious Delta variant.
The epidemiologist explained that this variant could cause infected people to transmit the disease, which has recently led the CDC to modify its recommendations on using the mask in closed places. He also indicated that the increase in cases in the country due to the spread of the Delta variant could be reversed with additional vaccines.
The COVID-19 epidemic in the United States crossed 100,000 newly confirmed daily cases on Saturday, exceeding the threshold during an increase in infections before winter and caused by a delta variety of the virus. , Much more contagious and lower vaccine rates south.
At the end of June, there were an average of 11,000 cases a day in the United States. That number is now 107,143.
Health authorities fear that hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise if more Americans do not get vaccinated. Nationally, 50% of people are fully vaccinated, and more than 70% of adults have received at least one dose.
It took the United States about nine months to cross the average number of 100,000 cases in November before reaching 250,000 in early January. Cases ended in June but returned to 100,000 after about six weeks, yet more than 70 percent of the adult population has been vaccinated.
The seven-day average daily deaths from the virus also rose, data from Johns Hopkins University reveals. The fatality toll rose from around 270 deaths a day to nearly 500 a day on Friday in the past two weeks.
The virus is spreading rapidly through unvaccinated people, especially in the country's south, where patients are collapsing with hospitals.
The number of Americans hospitalized by the virus has also skyrocketed. The crisis has gotten so bad that many hospitals have trouble finding beds for patients in distant locations.