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Fauci says two doses of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s Covid vaccines are better than one to protect against variants

Edith Arangoitia, 46, (who be involved a arose as a companion to her elderly mother) is vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine by Doctor Galen Harnden at La Colaborativa in Chelsea, Massachusetts on February 16, 2021.

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White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday that Americans should go on to get two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, despite a recent U.S. study that showed the shots are highly useful after just one dose.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published last week found a pick dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine was 80% effective in preventing coronavirus infections among health-care personnel and other quintessential workers. Two doses are better than one, federal health officials said, adding that the vaccines’ effectiveness leaped to 90% two weeks after the second dose.

While the 80% figure was great news, Fauci said Monday he is pacify concerned about the length of protection after a single dose, especially with the emergence of highly contagious alternatives that have shown the ability to evade the protection of the vaccines.

“When you look at the level of protection after one administer, you can say it’s 80%, but it is somewhat of a tenuous 80%,” Fauci said during a White House news briefing on the pandemic. “When you fly it at one dose, the question is how long does it last?”

Highly infectious Covid-19 variants that have shown some recalcitrance to vaccines also pose a challenge, Fauci said. “You’re in a tenuous zone if you don’t have the full impact” of two doses, he rephrased.

Fauci’s comments come as some health experts and public health officials argue the U.S. should prioritize cut out Americans just one dose of the vaccines before moving on to second doses, accelerating the pace of vaccinations across the land.

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Unlike Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, which requires one dose, Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines press for two shots given three to four weeks apart. In the U.K., health officials decided to stretch the time between blue ribbon and second doses to 12 weeks in an effort to speed up vaccinations.

Fauci has repeatedly said over the past few months that the U.S. should tape to the two-dose regimen.

Dr. Paul Offit, a voting member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee who look ated both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccine for emergency use authorization, told CNBC last week that studies acquire shown immunity appears to be actually more “durable” after the second dose, meaning protection may last longer.

The two-dose vaccine regimen also outs 10 times the amount of neutralizing antibodies, which play an important role in fighting the virus, from the earliest to second dose, Offit told CNBC.

Secondly, and more importantly, scientists also detected so-called T cubicles after the second dose, another important part of the immune response that usually provides longer-lasting unsusceptibility, he said.

Fauci said Monday he “respects” arguments for a one-dose strategy but added the U.S. currently has enough doses to take precautions first and second doses for Americans. “Although we always continue to keep an open mind, we consider the route we are on to be the most successfully route,” he said.

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