Anthony Fauci, the leading White House expert for the pandemic, confirmed that by that week, they expect to have full approval of the plan by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The U.S. government's top infectious disease expert says he believes the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine boosters may begin on September 20 for Americans who received the doses from Pfizer, while Moderna's could end up rolling out a couple of weeks later.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the Biden administration's plan remains to begin applying the third doses the week of September 20, pending Administration approval. Of Food and Medicines. The Biden administration had expected that both the Pfizer and Moderna booster vaccines would be live at that time. Still, he warned that it was "understandable" that the modern would be "a few weeks late" as the company provided more—data to the FDA on booster effectiveness.
On August 18, President Joe Biden touted the boosters as protection against the more transmissible delta variant of the virus and said Americans should consider receiving an advocate eight months after their second vaccination.
The plan only applies to Pfizer and modern vaccines, requires all Americans to receive a booster dose eight months after the second injection. Biden administration officials also said they hope a booster shot will be necessary for people who received Johnson & Johnson. However, they are still reviewing the data and announce plans in the coming weeks.
So far, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the third dose of Pfizer and Moderna for people with weakened immune systems since they have not responded like the general population to vaccines, which is estimated it represents 3% of the country's population.
A wave of new cases emerged in the U.S. during the summer, driven by the more contagious delta variant. The increase in cases raised concerns about the economic recovery. It prompted the White House to expand its efforts to persuade the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.
Ready for another pandemic
The White House last Friday announced a .3 65.3 billion ambitious plan to prepare the United States for a new epidemic with the same epidemic that sent NASA's Apollo program to the moon.
The plan proposes significant investments in medical and technological advances so that surprise attacks with biological weapons do not catch the United States, accidents in laboratories, or a new pandemic, which could occur in the next decade and be worse than the current one to the White House.
"We firmly believe that this mission is of great importance and should be managed with the same seriousness, commitment, and responsibility as President John F. Kennedy's Apollo program," Dr. Eric Lander, director of the Office of Politics of the United States, told reporters. Government Science and Technology.
Lander also compared the new plan to the Human Genome Project, which he led and which, between 1990 and 2003, succeeded in mapping all human genes.
The project is based on five pillars. The first is to transform the country's "medical defenses" to an authorized vaccine against any new virus only 100 days after it is detected. In addition, the White House wants to invest in the development of diagnostic tests and treatments against a wide range of pathogens.
The second pillar is to create mechanisms within hospitals and other centers to detect viruses that may cause a pandemic and quickly warn the world.
Third, the White House proposes to modernize the U.S. healthcare system and address the failures that have occurred during COVID-19 epidemics, particularly in some areas with a shortage of medical personnel and social and Racial inequality. In this regard, it also proposes creating international systems that allow coordinating the investigation of new pathogens and the distribution of vaccines.
The fourth key point of the plan is to increase the U.S. capacity to produce masks and other personal protective equipment and improve the construction of buildings to allow ventilation and pass new regulations that can prevent accidents in laboratories.
Finally, in order to put all goals into practice, the White House seeks to create a "solid and unified mission control" that coordinates the activities of various government agencies.
According to Lander, that central control will demonstrate that the plan against pandemics is as vital as the Apollo program, which Kennedy announced in 1961 to send a man to the Moon, which happened in 1969. The project will cost 65.3 billion dollars over ten years. The government has already asked Congress to approve 15,000 million this year.
The covid-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of 4.5 million people worldwide. In contrast, the United States has registered 643,000 deaths, according to an independent count from Johns Hopkins University.