Fauci Suddenly Ups The Dosage For A Fully Effective COVID Vaccine
According to White House chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci, the new coronavirus variant “Mu” is not posing a great risk to Americans at this time.
“We’re paying attention to it, we take everything like that seriously, but we don’t consider it an immediate threat right now,” Fauci said Thursday during a White House COVID response press briefing.
Mu, known by scientists as B,1.621, was added to the World Health Organization (WHO) “of interest” list of variants. First identified in Colombia, the variant has been confirmed in at least 39 countries, according to the WHO.
“This variant has a constellation of mutations that suggests that it would evade certain antibodies, not only monoclonal antibodies, but vaccine -and convalescent serum-induced antibodies,” Fauci said. “But there isn’t a lot of clinical data to suggest that, it is mostly laboratory in-vitro data.”
“Remember, even when you have variants that do diminish somewhat the efficacy of vaccines, the vaccines still are quite effective against variants of that time,” Fauci added, saying that health officials are “keeping a very close eye” on what happens with Mu.
Fauci said during the conference that he “would not at all be surprised” if three doses are required for Americans to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I must say from my own experience as an immunologist, I would not at all be surprised that the adequate full regimen for vaccination will likely be three doses,” he commented
“If it is durable, then you’re going to have very likely a three-dose regimen being the routine regimen,” Fauci said, adding that he would leave it up to other officials to determine how many doses of the vaccine should be taken.