Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Pfizer vaccine is likely to be approved for use as a booster by September 20th.
However, approval of the Moderna vaccine is likely to occur later, creating problems with the deployment of White House boosters.
“I’ve said it from the beginning, but I’m not going to do anything without proper FDA regulatory approval,” Forch said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute for Allergic Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that Pfizer COVID-19 would be the only vaccine used at the start of the US booster shot initiative starting later this month.
The Biden administration in August COVID-19 booster shots for fully vaccinated individuals The current plan is to provide boosters eight months after the individual receives the last shot. Insider reported earlier.. According to Johns Hopkins University, about 52% of people in the United States are fully vaccinated.
Initially, authorities said they hoped that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines would be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for booster shots by September 20. While studying booster shots Continued for those who received a single vaccination with Johnson & Johnson.
“We were hoping that Moderna and Pfizer for both candidates (both products) would be released by the week of the 20th. Only one would be released, but the other soon after. “Fauci told CBS News” Face the Nation “on Sunday.
However, Fauci said the Pfizer vaccine, not the Modana vaccine, is likely to get booster shot approval through the US Food and Drug Administration by September 20, the White House target date.
“As I said from the beginning, we will do nothing without the appropriate FDA regulatory approval and recommendations from the Immunization Implementation Advisory Board,” Forch said.
He said Pfizer seemed to have the data in time for the deadline.
“I hope Moderna can do it at the same time, but if it doesn’t, I’ll do it sequentially, so in the end it’s very likely that at least part of the plan will be done. , Eventually it will be executed. The overall plan will be. “
Booster shot promotion comes when the US approaches last week 39 million confirmed coronavirus infections Since the outbreak last year, or almost 12% of the population.
Also on Sunday, Fauci said research is underway to see if individuals vaccinated with Moderna or Johnson & Johnson can be vaccinated in combination with Pfizer boosters instead. For now, he said, those who receive Pfizer shots should receive Pfizer boosters, and those who receive Modana shots should wait for Modana boosters to become available.
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