Dr. Fauci urges eligible Individuals to take the COVID-19 vaccine obtainable to them
First, in responding to concerns that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine does not have quite as high efficacy rates as Pfizer and Moderna, which are around 95% efficacy, Fauci stressed while appearing on NBC that “there have been no hospital admissions or deaths has been in several countries, even in countries with the “variants” related to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. He also said that the major disease vaccine was more than 85% effective. The biggest takeaway? That it is not entirely fair to compare vaccine options so easily that, according to Fauci, they have to be compared “head to head”.
What if he wasn’t already vaccinated? Fauci made it clear that he would be taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. On CNN, Fauci told host Dana Bash of the state of the Union that he “would take any vaccine I had as soon as possible, for the simple reason of what I said earlier … we want so many people got vaccinated as quickly and as quickly as possible. “Fauci himself has already received the Moderna vaccine.
Regarding states reopening (or, to be honest, the number of places that barely closed), Fauci said our “baseline” for infection is still way too high. At Meet the Press, Fauci host Chuck Todd announced that the base for daily infections had dropped from 300,000 to around 70,000. However, despite the decline, he said, “This baseline is too high. It is really too early to withdraw too much right now. “
When asked about specific examples of Bash at State of the Union, Fauci replied similarly. As an example, Bash said, “New York is opening movie theaters, Massachusetts and North Carolina are easing capacity restrictions on indoor restaurants. Is that premature? “
Fauci advised us to just look at history. He stressed that these “are not hypothetical data, just look historically at late winter, early spring 2020 of summer 2020 when we started pulling back prematurely … we saw the recovery.” He described a reopening that might be too early as “really risky”.
Speaking to Todd, Fauci made some predictions about when we can expect people under the age of 18 to be eligible for the vaccine. Studies are currently underway to find out the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in minors, according to Fauci. With that in mind, he suggested, “If you project realistically, if we get enough data to say that elementary school children can be vaccinated, I would think it won’t be before the end of the year at the earliest.” … and very likely in the first quarter of 2022. “
However, for older minors such as high school students, the date could be a little earlier. According to Fauci, “it looks like sometime this fall.” He noted that it is too early to say if it would be the school opening on day one, but he believes it might be “pretty close”.
You can watch the interview with Fauci’s Face the Nation here.
And his interview here this week.