Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks throughout a White House press briefing, on the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned on Sunday he would take the newly accredited Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and urged Americans to take whichever shot is available when they’re eligible.
The Food and Drug Administration accredited J&J’s vaccine on Saturday, giving the U.S. a 3rd instrument to battle the pandemic following vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. The firm expects to ship 20 million doses by the top of March.
“All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that’s most available to them,” Fauci mentioned on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“If you go to a place and you have J&J, and that’s the one that’s available now, I would take it,” Fauci mentioned. “I personally would do the same thing. I think people need to get vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.”
The J&J vaccine is completely different from the others as a result of it is a one-dose routine and doesn’t require sufferers to return for a second dose. It could be saved at fridge temperatures for months. The shot has demonstrated 66% effectiveness general, 72% within the U.S. and 57% in South Africa, which has seen a speedy unfold of the B.1.351 variant.
Though the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines confirmed increased efficacy charges in trials utilizing two doses versus J&J’s single-dose vaccine, Fauci insisted that the J&J shot shouldn’t be a weaker vaccine and mentioned trial knowledge should not be in contrast for the three photographs as a result of they had been examined at completely different instances.
“You now have three highly efficacious vaccines, for sure,” Fauci mentioned. “There’s no doubt about that.”
While the nation is seeing a decline in new coronavirus instances and an enchancment within the vaccination price, Fauci warned states not to prematurely loosen pandemic restrictions, a transfer which could lead on to one other surge in infections.
Cases have plummeted from 300,000 a day to roughly 70,000, a baselines that is nonetheless too excessive, Fauci mentioned.
“We don’t want to continue to prevent people from doing what they want to do. But let’s get down to a good level,” Fauci instructed CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Let’s get many, many more people vaccinated. And then you could pull back on those types of public health measures.”
“But right now, as we’re going down and plateauing is not the time to declare victory because we’re not victorious yet,” he mentioned.