Although he did not want to specify when, the principal adviser of the White House, Anthony Fauci, affirmed the booster of the immunizer would have to be given "sooner or later."
The main epidemiologist of the United States Government, Anthony Fauci, considered this Thursday "inevitable" that the third dose of COVID-19 vaccines is administered in the future. However, he did not want to specify when.
This was stated at the press conference of the White House Response Team against COVID-19, in which they stressed that this is something that will happen "sooner or later". Meanwhile, US health officials review the situation on a daily basis and follow national and international studies to make a final decision.
"We are not convinced that the elderly and those who are not immune need (additional) vaccines," Fauci said.
The health official reminded that this is a dynamic process.
All data must be examined to adopt a resolution. However, he stressed that the Government is preparing for the eventuality of administering a booster dose.
"If the data shows us that it has to be done, we will be very prepared to do it quickly, " stressed Fauci.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to soon give the green light to third doses of immunosuppressed, such as those with organ transplants or cancer.
However, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English), Rochelle Walensky, indicated in that same press conference that "it is a tiny population. It is estimated that it is 3% of adults".
On this issue, Walensky 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.
The United States is experiencing a new wave of a pandemic due to the expansion of the delta variant of the coronavirus, Which is going on unchecked and behind almost all new cases, so the government does not rule out the administration of a third dose of vaccine.
This contradicts the World Health Organization (WHO) position, which has called for a global moratorium on a 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 of age and older. Western nations try to vaccinate as many people as possible against the corona virus with two doses.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett assured that, by administering the third booster dose, Israel is rendering "the world a great service, and the world is pleased that we are taking responsibility and leading on this issue."
"Israel is moving forward here with something that contributes enormously to global knowledge," said the president in an intervention on Facebook live.
"Without us, the world would not know the true level of effectiveness of booster injections, it would not know the dates, how much they affect the infection, how they affect serious cases of the disease," he added. People 60 years of age or older who have not yet received the third dose are six times more likely to become seriously ill and even die, Bennett said.
Since the start of the booster campaign, 262,000 Israelis aged 60 and over, which corresponds to 21% of this age range, have received the third dose, according to the latest data from the health ministry. In addition, 381,000 people already have a shift assigned to receive it.