Fauci says ‘matter of when, not if’ fully vaccinated definition includes three jabs

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Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he believed the definition of “fully immunized” would soon include a third COVID booster shot.

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The doctor made this comment during an interview on CNN.

“It will be a matter of when, if not,” said Dr. Fauci, “receiving a booster shot will be considered “fully vaccinated.”

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He insisted the remarks were his personal view, and were not indicative of any current policy discussion in the Biden administration to mandate coronavirus vaccine boosters for full immunization status.

Dr Fauci’s remarks come as US health workers continue to grapple with a spike in cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant and researchers continue to investigate the newly emerged Omicron variant.

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According to Dr Fauci, the Omicron variant – first identified by researchers in South Africa – is unlikely to be as severe as the Delta variant. However, he also noted that Omicron is highly permeable.

At least 17 US states have already recorded patients infected with the Omicron type, including a fully vaccinated person. Symptoms have reportedly been mild in individuals who have been fully vaccinated.

Some of the early results of research into the Omicron variant have suggested that the booster shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is effective in combating the virus.

According to the World Health Organization, the current coronavirus vaccine should still work to reduce infection by the Omron variant, but noted that a third dose would improve protection.

Dr Mike Ryan, WHO’s emergency director, said: “We have highly effective vaccines that have proven to be effective against all forms of serious illness and hospitalization so far, and there is no reason to expect this to happen. Will not done”. AFP.

However, a small study out of South Africa found that the Omicron variant may reduce the antibody protection offered by the Pfizer vaccine.

Africa Health Research Institute and a team of researchers tested blood samples from 12 people who had had coronavirus vaccines to determine the shots’ efficiency in combating the Omicron variant.

Researchers found a 41-fold drop in the vaccine’s ability to block antibodies compared to the original coronavirus. The team recommended booster shots to help protect people from the virus.

Dr. Ryan echoed Dr. Fauci’s conclusion that people with the Omicron variant were less likely to become seriously ill than other types of the virus.

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