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Americans Will ‘Likely’ Need 3rd Covid Shot to Qualify As ‘Fully Vaccinated’

Americans Will ‘Likely’ Need 3rd Covid Shot to Qualify As ‘Fully Vaccinated’
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By Staff, Agencies

What it means to be “fully vaccinated” is set to change, the United States’ Covid adviser Anthony Fauci said, suggesting the standard regimen will soon include three doses, amid reports that FDA staff voiced concerns over a rushed booster roll-out.

While Fauci noted that the decision will ultimately be left up to federal health agencies, he told reporters at a Thursday press briefing that he believes an additional dose will “likely” be needed for Americans to be considered “fully vaccinated” in the near future.

“From my own experience as an immunologist, I would not at all be surprised if the adequate, full regimen for vaccination will likely be three doses,” he said.

While Fauci stressed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and Food and Drug Administration [FDA] have yet to reach a final verdict on boosters, he said there is “good reason to believe” that third doses will not only produce a “strong” immune response in recipients, but a “durable” one.

“And if it is durable, then you’re going to have very likely a three-dose regimen being the routine regimen. But we’ll just have to wait to make sure that’s the case when the data gets presented to the FDA,” he said.

However, though the Joe Biden administration has already begun promoting boosters – with the president himself telling all American adults to receive their third shot within eight months of their last dose – the move has stirred controversy among federal regulators and concerns the White House is moving too quickly on its booster campaign.

Earlier this week, two top executives involved in vaccine research and testing at the FDA resigned, reportedly in protest over a number of blunders made by regulatory agencies, with Biden’s rushed booster announcement being a last straw. He made the address ahead of official approval from the FDA, though the agency had previously backed boosters for those with compromised immune systems and has since acknowledged declining vaccine-induced immunity in the US.

Fauci himself was previously hesitant about additional vaccine doses, saying in July that it was far too soon to discuss boosters, and even stating that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had apologized to him for publicizing the company’s work on a third shot at such an early stage.