Dr Anthony Fauci listens to President Joe Biden deliver a speech on the Omicron Covid-19 variant at the White House on November 29.
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A redefinition of what it means to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 is certainly “on the table,” Dr Anthony Fauci said on Friday.
Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” President Joe Biden’s senior medical adviser said there was no doubt that the optimal vaccination was with a booster dose.
Currently, individuals are considered to be fully vaccinated either two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
But Fauci said on Friday that regulators were open to reconsidering those definitions.
“There is no doubt that the optimal vaccination is with a booster,” he said.
“Whether the CDC changes that or not, it’s certainly on the table and open for discussion. I don’t know exactly when this will happen. But I think people shouldn’t lose sight of the message that there is no doubt that if you want to be optimally protected, you need to get your booster.
Immunization status has already impacted the lives of millions of Americans. Millions of healthcare workers across the country must, as part of Biden’s beleaguered vaccine mandate, be fully immune to the coronavirus, while some states and cities have imposed their own rules that limit what unvaccinated people do. are able to do.
Former FDA commissioner and CNBC contributor Dr. Scott Gottlieb told “Squawk Box” on Friday that an increase in the number of cases meant that it could soon become difficult to get a recall.
“We know that omicron moves very quickly… this variant is going to move much faster across the country than delta, so people who are waiting for a recall to protect themselves against this variant – time is running out to do that,” said he said.
“Appointments will fill up, demand will explode. The best way to protect yourself is with a booster.