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Fauci Feels the Need for a Third Covid Booster Shot

A third COVID vaccination booster shot is likely the nation’s infectious disease expert and President Biden’s primary medical advisor. Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday’s State of the Union that the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews new evidence that could lead to a third booster dose recommendation, especially for the vulnerable immunocompromised patients.

Fauci says, “It’s a work in progress. It evolves, like in so many other areas of the pandemic. You have got to look at the data.” The ACIP is still looking into preliminary evidence from Israel and Pfizer that suggests the Pfizer vaccine may be less efficient than other forms of the illness in guarding against infection from the Delta strain.

According to the New York Times, new data from Israel reveals that the Pfizer vaccine was only 39% effective in preventing countrywide infections in late June and early July, despite being 95% effective from January to early April. Despite this, the vaccination was over 90% effective in preventing severe infection and hospitalization. Furthermore, after two shots, the Pfizer vaccine was remained 88 percent effective against symptomatic Delta infections, according to a second UK trial.

In response to whether a booster shot might enhance efficacy rates, Fauci stated that the committee would continue to examine data that may lead us in that path. According to CDC data, the Delta variety now accounts for nearly 80% of all new infections in the United States. In mid-June, the variation accounted for only 20.6 percent of all COVID cases in the United States. COVID-19 has been defined as a “pandemic among the unvaccinated,” which still accounts for over half of all eligible Americans, according to Fauci.

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