In a late-night announcement, the Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved for immune-compromised patients an extra, or a third, dose of the COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna – just as Dr. Anthony Fauci ominously said all might have to end up getting booster shots “indefinitely.”
The FDA booster shot approval for the time refers only to several million Americans, people who are particularly vulnerable because of having had organ transplants, suffering certain types of cancer, or some other disorders.
First-ever third dose approval in the US
The first-ever approval in the United States of a “third dose” or “booster shots” comes against the backdrop of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases of the Indian delta variant across the US.
Some other countries such as Israel and France have also just adopted similar measures.
As it approved a third dose for some Americans from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, however, the FDA didn’t offer any guidance for those from the vulnerable categories who have had the single-shot vaccine by Johnson&Johnson.
The FDA’s acting commissioner, Janet Woodcock, said in a statement that the action would help doctors “boost immunity in certain immunocompromised” patients in “need” of extra protection against the coronavirus – as their immune systems are suppressed by some diseases and medications.
At the same time, however, the White House chief medical advisor, Anthony Fauci told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in an interview on Thursday that he can’t “rule out” the possibility that people might have to keep getting “booster shots” “indefinitely” – as the COVID-19 virus continues to surge and mutate – a thinly veiled ominous comment.
Fauci tells us to be ‘humble’
Fauci, who is also the director of the National Institute on Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), also noted that even the fully vaccinated who contract the breakthrough infections might also end up with the more torturous long-term COVID-19.
Fauci added that “we need to be humble” before “the face of this virus,” even though “we know a lot more” now than at the beginning of the pandemic.
That is a somewhat bizarre statement coming from a person who might be implicated in how the pandemic started – or who may least have helped cover up its origin from a Chinese laboratory collaborating with the National Institutes of Health, a US government body that is the parent of Fauci’s NIAID.
Last month, GOP Sen. Rand Paul destroyed Fauci at a congressional hearing revealing that the NIH had funded virus gain-of-function research – even though it was not officially described as such – by the Institute of Virology in China’s Wuhan from where the coronavirus may have escaped.
In his CNN interview, Fauci also stated that numerous factors would have to be taken into account on vaccine policies, including whether people might have to be getting regular vaccines against COVID-19 similar to annual flu shots.
Fauci did claim that to have “good news”, saying that with a third, booster shot, the immune response of the body quickly “goes way up” – although he did mention shyly that still “I don’t know for certain.”