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There are three “safe and effective” COVID vaccines available, according to the experts: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson&Johnson. Which vaccine to get? Some are worried that the J&J vaccine, which was found to be 66% percent effective, is less good than the 94 to 95 percent for the other two. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke yesterday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a hearing on “Examining Our Covid-19 Response: An Update from Federal Officials” and addressed just that. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said He Understands Why You’re Shopping Around, But Take Whichever Vaccine is Offered
“We have three highly efficacious vaccines with a good safety profile,” said Dr. Fauci at the panel. “I think it is not appropriate, understandable, but not really appropriate to be shopping around, to see which one you could get, because you're making a guess of which one is better. The only way, you know, if one is better than the other is to do a head, to head comparison in a clinical trial. So my advice when people ask me is that what is the most important thing is to get vaccinated as quickly as possible when your turn comes up to get vaccine, which particular candidate you get is really not nearly as relevant as getting it as soon as you can. So if you go into a clinic and they have any of the three available, I would just take it rather than waiting maybe a few weeks to a month for something that you think might be better. All three are highly efficacious.”
Dr. Fauci is Worried Over Another Possible Surge
Dr. Fauci admitted that he is worried that people are letting down their guard. “There are a couple of things that concern me,” he said. “Probably the one that's the most prominent is my concern that we will declare victory prematurely.”
He pointed out that historically, when public health measures are relaxed after a surge, the numbers will spike again. “If you look at the dynamics of the outbreak, it's a very, very high peak that we had following the holiday season that was expected to have a peak, but not that high. It really went up to 300,000 to 400,000 new cases a day at one point. It's coming down sharply now, but we seem to be plateauing at a level that's unacceptably high around 50 or so thousand cases a day,” he explained. “This is what's happened in previous searches where you come to a plateau at a high level, and then you start to surge.”
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