Fauci says he wouldn’t be shocked if full routine is three doses

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate hearing on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in the Dirksen Senate office building in Washington, DC, the United States, July 20, 2021.

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The Senior Medical Advisor to the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday he wouldn’t be surprised if the full cycle recommended for that Pfizer and Modern Covid-19 vaccines in the US are vaccinated with three instead of two doses.

Giving an extra dose, or perhaps a final dose, several months after the primary vaccination helps the immune system mature, said Fauci, also the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases.

“I have to say from my own experience as an immunologist that I would not be at all surprised that the appropriate full vaccination schedule will likely be three doses,” Fauci told reporters during a Covid briefing at the White House.

The infectious diseases expert’s comments come as the Biden government prepares to begin widespread distribution of Covid booster vaccinations in the week of September 20.

The plan, outlined by senior health officials last month, calls for a third dose eight months after the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Federal health officials cited three new studies published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying vaccine protection against Covid infection decreased several months after receiving the second dose.

Health experts say it’s not uncommon for vaccines to require more than two doses. Vaccinations against hepatitis B and HPV, for example, require a third dose, with several months between the second and third vaccination.

While Americans may need to have a third shot at some point, some health experts have urged officials not to refer to them as “boosters.” That’s because, like other vaccines, Americans may not need any booster vaccinations at a later date.

Fauci said Thursday he would leave it up to the Food and Drug Administration and other regulators to make a decision on the full regimen, but added that it was reasonable to believe that three doses would provide a more permanent immune response.

“If it is stable, you will very likely have a three-dose regimen which is the routine treatment,” he said.

Chester Man Shocked by Armed Intruders in His Driveway Demanding Cash: PD – NBC Connecticut

An investigation is underway after police said a Chester man was surprised in his driveway by armed intruders demanding money early Sunday morning.

Police said the two armed intruders were demanding money and possibly trying to steal a vehicle from a resident of a house on Goose Hill Road.

According to officers, shots were fired by the intruders as they fled the scene. No injuries were reported, but authorities said the homeowner was understandably shaken.

Investigators have been called in and the Connecticut State Police Department of Serious Crimes has taken control. Evidence was gathered at the scene and the incident is being “aggressively investigated,” police said.

Similar incidents were also reported this morning in Tylerville and Westbrook, which authorities say may involve the same criminals.