Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he believes it’s only a matter of time before the definition of “fully vaccinated” includes having a COVID-19 booster shot amid the spread of the worrisome omicron variant of the virus and the ongoing infections linked to the delta strain.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CNN that federal health officials were monitoring the threat of mutated strains of the virus on “literally a daily basis,” and that public health guidance can always change amid new surges in infectious.
“My own personal opinion … it’s gonna be a matter of when, not if” the definition of “fully vaccinated” changes, Fauci told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Wednesday.
After BioNTech, Pfizer, and BioNTech announced that they would offer a two-course vaccine for coronavirus in their products, his comments were made shortly afterwards. appeared to be significantly less effectiveThe omicron strain was being combated and preliminary data revealed that booster jabs significantly increased the amount of neutralizing antibodies which can be used to fight the virus.
Antibodies are just one way to measure a vaccine’s performance, and scientists are cautiously optimisticThe vaccines that have been approved by the U.S. are likely to protect against the severe diseases and deaths associated with COVID-19.
Officials in the health sector are trying to figure out how to stop the spread of the omicron virus, which was discovered by South Africa’s officials last month. On Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more than 40 people had been diagnosedThe U.S. omicron strain was mildly infected. However, almost everyone who had it were not even unvaccinated.
However, there have been COVID-19-related cases in America. rising again for weeksThe dominant strain is still the Delta variant, which is troubling considering that more than 200,000,000 Americans are now fully immunized against the virus.
“The booster shot could be the answer to the challenge that we’re facing with the omicron,” Fauci said in a separate interviewThe Washington Post, this week. “So, if ever there was a clarion call for people who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated, and those who are vaccinated fully to get boosted, the new challenge with the omicron variant clearly is that.”