Anthony Fauci continued to encourage people get two doses of the vaccine REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/File Photo(REUTERS)
Anthony Fauci continued to encourage people get two doses of the vaccine REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/File Photo(REUTERS)

Anthony Fauci says vaccinate quickly to fight Covid-19 variants

  • Anthony Fauci told a media briefing that while it was reasonable to think about studying the efficacy of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines as a one-dose regimen in light of supply constraints, such a study would take months to complete and thus likely make its conclusions moot.
Reuters | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 10:44 PM IST

The best defence against emerging variant strains of Covid-19 is getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, top US infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci said on Monday.

He told a media briefing that while it was reasonable to think about studying the efficacy of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines as a one-dose regimen in light of supply constraints, such a study would take months to complete and thus likely make its conclusions moot.

Fauci continued to encourage people get two doses of the vaccine.

The optimal "approach would be to continue with getting as many people on their first dose as possible but also making sure that people on time get their second dose," Fauci said.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on the call that she advises people to continue wearing masks and that states not relax mask-wearing rules. The Biden Administration asked Americans to wear masks for its first hundred days, a period she noted is ongoing.


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