With three drug companies close to breaching the Covid-19 vaccine, vaccinations could begin in late December, said Dr. Anthony Fauci in a live interview with the Washington Post yesterday.
And while the first shots are at risk populations and priority populations, Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, that he and his family will be in line in due course.
“I can tell you when it is my turn and the FDA says it is safe and effective. I will be vaccinated myself and I will recommend that my family get vaccinated,” said Dr. Fauci to the political reporter Robert Costa.
Dr. Fauci said he realized that people suffered from “Covid-19 fatigue” but now it is time to “hold on with public health measures … because help is on the way.” We have at least two high [effective] Vaccinations, [from Moderna and Pfizer ]. ”
A third vaccine that has been shown to be highly effective in preventing Covid-19 – AstraDeneca’s AZD1222 – was tested at two different doses, one of which was 90% effective, according to a recent press release from the company. Dr. Fauci said he had not been fully informed about the AstraZeneca vaccine but the report was “good news”.
Dr. Fauci said he is aware that some people are questioning the speed of vaccine development and whether the vaccines are safe.
“There was no compromise on security or compromise on scientific integrity,” he said. The data is analyzed by the Data and Safety Monitoring Board, which is completely independent of the pharmaceutical companies. “The DSMB said in both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines that [they are effective] and also protect and protect you from serious diseases. “
In the meantime, take your usual precautions against the virus, said Dr. Fauci.
“You may want to reconsider your travel plans … and hold meetings in the house for a minimal number of people,” he said. Wearing masks, especially indoors, within two meters, avoiding crowds, outdoor meetings and hand washing would “greatly reduce the chance of infection”.
Although vaccination will be selective at first, a highly effective vaccine could help protect everyone, including those who don’t get vaccinated or who don’t get immunity through vaccination, said Dr. Fauci.
Herd immunity can occur when large numbers of people – either by vaccination or natural immunity – are protected from the virus and “run out of space,” he said. “This is how viruses die out. This is how we crushed measles … polio … smallpox. “
The Biden team gets the go-ahead
Also yesterday, the President-elect received official recognition from the Trump administration that a transfer of power will take place in January: The General Services Administration announced that Joe Biden and his team will have access to the funds granted for the change of government. This broadcast also includes access to information, such as the Trump plan for vaccine distribution.
The Trump administration has been widely criticized for withholding information about the pandemic. Federal, state, and local collaboration is required to develop a distribution plan, wrote Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy. He said the delaying tactic could prove fatal, he said in an opinion piece on the NBC News website.
Most of these vaccines require multiple doses and some require extremely cold storage. As more vaccines get an emergency approval, they will go on sale, ”he wrote.
“Refusal to immediately provide details of the vaccine distribution schedule to the in-depth administration may have resulted in deaths.”