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“We may need to stimulate people intermittently”

Public health officials might want to ‘spur people on and off’ with Chinese coronavirus vaccines, Dr Anthony Fauci said Confront the nation‘s Margaret Brennan Sunday.

Brennan asked Fauci if people would need a boost “every six to eight months,” and he left the door wide open to that possibility.

“And that’s what we don’t know,” Fauci said, explaining that it might be “conceivable” for a recall to provide a slight form of protection and “render durability well beyond six months and even more”.

“Or we may need to spur people on and off like we do with the flu,” he said, stressing that they “don’t really know what this course will be.”

“Whether it’s a three-shot and you’re done or three shots, and then every once in a while you have to re-boost yourself. We will have to see how things unfold. Otherwise, we just can’t say something and guess about it, ”he said.

The remarks highlight the concerns of critics, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who have warned that public health officials will continue to move the goalposts in their efforts to impose the shot. Just days ago, Fauci affirmed the suspicions, admitting that authorities are considering changing the definition of fully vaccinated to only apply to those who have also received a booster.

Governor Ron DeSantis (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

When asked about breakthrough infections – infections contracted by people who have been vaccinated – Fauci said officials “really need to know when you are strengthening an individual, how long that immunity lasts, both from a laboratory perspective. and from the point of view of protection. “

“So the only thing we want to make sure, now that we go into the recall phase, we have to make sure we know what that means from a clinical standpoint,” he said as Brennan urged the White House. medical adviser on why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) apparently does not track breakthrough infections.

Fauci simply said it was a “very complicated situation” and suggested that the general public “does not yet hear the things that are being collected in time.”

“So there is a lot of data, clearly a lot of data, that is being collected by the CDC that people don’t yet know,” he said, not explaining sufficiently why comprehensive data on breakthrough infections is not. are not easily accessible.

During the interview, Fauci added that the United States “certainly” has the potential to enter a fifth wave of the virus, but said that “will depend on what we do over the next few weeks to a few. months ”, pointing directly to vaccinations, despite the emergence of breakthrough infections:

For example, we now have around 62 million people in the country who are eligible for vaccination, who have not yet been vaccinated. Superimpose on this the fact that, unquestionably, people who got vaccinated six, seven, eight, nine, 10 months ago, you start to see an understandable decrease in the level of immunity.

However, given the decline in immunity, boosters are going to be very important for now. A third hit for those who got both mRNAs and another extra hit for those who got the J&J. If we have a combination of getting as many people vaccinated as possible who haven’t been vaccinated yet, add in the kids who are now eligible, the five to 11 year olds, there are twenty-eight million, and get the many, many people now, 70% of the entire adult population have been vaccinated – about 80% have been vaccinated.

“If we do this successfully in a very intensive way, we can mitigate any increase,” he added.

According to the CDC, 62.8% of Americans five years and older are considered fully vaccinated.

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