Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that it is "a tiny population": "It is estimated that it is 3% of adults."
Although the debate over the potential use of booster doses of the corona virus vaccine is growing internationally, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that, at present, those eligible for the third dose There are those who have compromised immunity. System
Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said no one else should try to get vaccinated on their own when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to recommend a third dose for immunosuppressed patients.
"At this time, only certain immunosuppressed people may need an additional dose," said Walensky, who spoke with Anthony Fauci, chief epidemiologist at the White House.
Walensky explained that "it is a tiny population, it is estimated that it is 3% of adults." On this issue, he pointed out that following the FDA's decision, a committee of scientists from the CDC will meet on Friday to analyze the measure and issue recommendations.
Fauci, meanwhile, said that elderly or high-risk people should not request a third dose at the moment. However, he clarified that a booster dose is likely to be recommended at some point.
President Joe Biden's principal adviser for the pandemic, the epidemiologist, clarified that, although the general population does not need reinforcements yet, "sooner or later," they will need them.
The FDA is in talks with Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. to authorize third doses for immunocompromised individuals. According to the specialists, another injection could help increase the protection of these individuals, who could not generate a sufficient immune response with the vaccine.
This contradicts the position of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has called for a global ban on the third dose of the vaccine. It considers that if countries begin to administer it, it will not help the global distribution sera against COVID.
Israel was the first country to begin administering third doses of the coronavirus vaccine to people 60 years and older. Western nations try to vaccinate as many people as possible against the corona virus with two doses.
The United States is experiencing a new wave of a pandemic due to the expansion of the delta variant of the coronavirus, which is advancing without restraint and is behind almost all the new cases, so the Government does not rule out administering a third dose of the vaccine.
On Wednesday, there were 132,384 new cases of COVID-19 in the US, with a weekly average of 113,000 infections, representing an increase of 24% compared to the previous seven days.
Hospital admissions have also increased by 31% compared to last week, with health centers receiving an average of 99,700 admissions per day.
"We're seeing an increase in cases, hospital admissions and deaths across the country, and now 90 percent of the counties in the United States are experiencing substantial or greater transmission of the corona virus," Valensky stressed.
In addition, cases in minors are also growing. Fauci explained that the more significant number of infections in children and adolescents is because the delta variant is more infectious than other variants, such as the alpha.
"The only thing we know for sure is that more cases mean more minors in the hospital, " he warned.