Talk about mixed signals.
While much of the nation is looking forward to a summer in the cradle of near-normalcy, there are a number of health experts warning that we are nowhere near being done with the coronavirus pandemic, including the director of the CDC who was almost brought to tears when discussing a recent surge.
But now, one of the nation’s premiere worry-warts when it comes to the virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is saying that a forthcoming vaccine from AstraZeneca may not even be necessary.
In an interview with Reuters, Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the White House, said the nation already has enough contracts with other vaccine makers to inoculate the entire population.take our poll - story continues below
“My general feeling is that given the contractual relationships that we have with a number of companies, that we have enough vaccine to fulfill all of our needs without invoking AstraZeneca,” he said.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert added that the US possibly also has enough vaccine supply for booster shots in the fall.
“If you look at the numbers (of doses) that we’re going to be getting … it is likely that we can handle any boost that we need, but I can’t say definitely for sure,” he told Reuters.
The AstraZeneca jab has come under scrutiny in recent weeks on account of a blood-clotting reaction, and after a number of statistical errors were discovered in their research.
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