Dr. Fauci on Third COVID-19 Vaccine ShotSeptember 6, 2021
The top US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, has said that federal government health officials are likely to recommend a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for the population. While in an interview he conducted on the morning of August 12, 2021 with the CBS program, “This Morning,” Fauci said that the health officials were conducting follow-up activity on some group of people who have already received two doses, but signs indicate that they might be required to take the third vaccine.
Fauci said that a group of individuals has begun to experience reduced vaccine effectiveness because of their weakened immune systems. For this reason, the third vaccine is imminent, and the health officials are preparing to administer that vaccine. Fauci also notes that giving such a group of people with weak immunity a third dose should not be considered a booster but a necessity that should be catered for to protect them well.
The different groups of people being monitored currently include the elderly, those in nursing homes, and young people. If it is observed that the level of protection for these individuals is deteriorating, then the health officials will recommend a third vaccine similar to the one that they received earlier. This initiative of a third dose comes after the Delta Variant spreading widely in the US, and in the last week alone, the US has reported over 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 daily. This trend has also played a big role in the suggestions for a third vaccine dose.
Not only is the US government planning to administer the third dose to its citizens, but other countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Israel have set plans to give third doses to their citizens, especially those also considered to have a weak immune system. Despite these efforts by these countries, Dr. Fauci observes that world health officials are against this idea since there are insufficient vaccines in the world, and there are many countries across the world that have not yet done much in giving even the first dose to their population.
The director-general of the world health organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called for the nations that have vaccinated a large percentage of their population to be considerate and enable those countries that have not done much in vaccinating their population before deciding to give the third dose to their citizens.