FOX NEWS – Americans should get vaccinated as quickly as possible when their turn comes, and shouldn’t wait for the next generation of vaccines in hopes for more protection against variants, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.
Fauci said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing on Monday:
“You need to get vaccinated when it becomes available, as quickly and as expeditiously as possible throughout the country,”
“The reason for that is that there is a fact that permeates virology, and that is, that viruses cannot mutate if they don’t replicate.”
Widespread vaccination prevents the SARS-CoV-2 virus from having an “open playing field,” Fauci said.
Prompt vaccinations can protect people against disease, infection and prevent emerging strains in the U.S. and overseas.
Early data suggests vaccines will remain effective against variants, though one strain, in particular, first detected in South Africa, has diminished vaccines’ efficacy.
Moderna, for instance, announced last week that trial results showed no significant impact in the vaccine’s effectiveness of neutralizing the virus, despite the introduction of new variants, according to a news release.
However, the company will forge ahead with plans to test a booster shot “to further increase neutralizing titers against emerging strains,” as well as advance another variant booster candidate specifically against the South African variant.
Pfizer and BioNTech already voiced confidence in their COVID-19 vaccine’s ability to protect against new variants and previously touted flexibility in the mRNA vaccine platform to tweak vaccines if necessary …
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