Pfizer to meet with US officials on COVID booster Monday

The company said it was scheduled to have the meeting with the Food and Drug Administration and other officials Monday, days after Pfizer asserted that booster shots would be needed within 12 meses.

Pfizer’s Dr. Mikael Dolsten told The Associated Press last week that early data from the company’s booster study suggests people’s antibody levels jump five- to 10-fold after a third dose, compared to their second dose months earlier — evidence it believes supports the need for a booster.

El domingo, Dr. Anthony Fauci didn’t rule out the possibility but said it was too soon for the government to recommend another shot. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA did the right thing last week by pushing back against Pfizer’s assertion with their statement that they did not view booster shots as necessaryat this time.

Fauci said clinical studies and laboratory data have yet to fully bear out the need for a booster to the current two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson regimen.

“Ahora mismo, given the data and the information we have, we do not need to give people a third shot,” él dijo. “That doesn’t mean we stop there. … There are studies being done now ongoing as we speak about looking at the feasibility about if and when we should be boosting people.

He said it was quite possible in the coming monthsas data evolvesthat the government may urge a booster based on such factors as age and underlying medical conditions. “Certainly it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely at some time, we will need a boost,” Fauci dijo.

Monday’s planned meeting between Pfizer and U.S. health officials was first reported by The Washington Post.

Currently only about 48% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Some parts of the country have far lower immunization rates, and in those places the delta variant is surging. La semana pasada, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said that’s leading totwo truths— highly immunized swaths of America are getting back to normal while hospitalizations are rising in other places.

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Fauci said it was inexplicable that some Americans are so resistant to getting a vaccine when scientific data show how effective it is in staving off COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, and he was dismayed by efforts to block making vaccinations more accessible, such as Biden’s suggestion of door-to-door outreach.

Gobernador. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., agreed Sunday that there is a vaccine resistance in Southern and rural states like his becauseyou have that more conservative approach, skepticism about government.

Describing his efforts to boost vaccinations in his state, which is seeing rising infections, Hutchinson saidno one wants an agent knocking on a door,” pero “we do want those that do not have access otherwise to make sure they know about it.

The grassroots component of the federal vaccination campaign has been in operation since April, when supplies of shots began outpacing demand. It was outlined and funded by Congress in the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed in March and overwhelmingly is carried out by local officials and private sector workers and volunteers.

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Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., blasted opposition to vaccination efforts from some GOP lawmakers asabsolute insanity.He said House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California and others in the party need to speak out againstthese absolute clown politicians playing on your vaccine fears for their own selfish gain.

Fauci appeared on CNN’sState of the Union,” ABC’s “Esta semana” y CBS’ “Face the Nation”; Hutchinson spoke on ABC, and Kinzinger was on CNN.

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