Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said that it intended to meet American health officials on Monday to talk about a possible third booster shot of the Covid vaccine.
Pfizer Recommends Third Shot To Boost Immunity Against New Delta Variant Of Covid
In the trailing week, Pfizer referenced data from Israel, where it was found that the vaccine was decreasing ineffectiveness in preventing relatively mild covid cases such as the supremely contagious delta strain in the country.
Pfizer added that it intended to share the data with experts after American scientists and health officials raised concerns about the fact that only Pfizer had seen this data.
The famous Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged on Sunday that it is extremely likely that booster shots would be required sometime in the near future.
The Associated Press reported that Dr. Fauci did not rule out the need for a third shot, but he mentioned that it was too early for the Government to suggest another dose.
He backed the US Center For Disease Control And Prevention and The FDA by saying that they were in the right to go against Pfizer’s claim in a statement that said that they did not think a third shot was necessary “at this time.”
Dr. Fauci also explained that lab data is yet to convincingly show the need for a booster shot for The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
He said that at this time, according to the data they had, they did not feel the need to give people a third shot. He added that that does not mean they stop there. It only means that studies must be ongoing to find out if and when a third shot would be essential.
As data is evolving, it is plausible that the government may recommend a third shot based on age and medical conditions.
Pfizer also reported that according to early data, people’s antibodies surged 5-10 fold after administration of a third shot of the vaccine, which strengthened their argument that there is a need for a third dose.
At present, only 48% of the total population is fully vaccinated. The delta variant of the virus is rampantly spreading in sections of the country where vaccination rates are relatively lower.
Last week, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the CDC, said that it’s creating a bitter truth that parts of America that have been highly immunized are returning to normalcy while parts with low vaccination rates have an alarming increase in the number of cases.
Dr. Fauci said that it boggles his mind how such a large number of Americans refuse to get a virus when the data is clear for all to see. Data never lies.
The Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, acknowledged that there is a larger resistance for the vaccine in the rural and southern states which are known to be more conservative and skeptical towards the government.
He added that they were looking to provide information to those that did not have access.
Covid Cases Cross 4 million.
With more than 100 countries being known to have the super contagious delta variant of Covid, the worldwide death toll crossed 4 million in the past week. The WHO warned the world against cutting down on restrictions too quickly.
The delta variant, which first originated in the Indian subcontinent, is now rapidly spreading across the world. It is known to mutate itself and will continue to do so.
The rapid spread of the new delta variant in the country has cued the government to send a Covid surge team to Missouri to provide health care support where the hospital beds are being filled due to the virus.