Fauci says Pfizer CEO apologized for not giving warning on booster announcement

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Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla apologized to him for not giving health officials advance notice that the company would seek an authorization for a third dose of its coronavirus vaccine.

The big picture: After Pfizer's announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration published a joint statement saying Americans do not need boosters yet.

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  • "Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time," the CDC and FDA wrote in the statement.

Driving the news: Blitzer asked Fauci about concerns over a "lack of coordination" between the federal government and vaccine companies following the communication mishap.

  • "We are on the same page," Fauci told Blitzer. "They came out with the announcement without giv[ing] us a heads up."

  • "Quite frankly, the CEO, who is a really good guy, got on the phone with me last night and apologized ... for not letting us know that he was going to do it ahead of time."

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Of note: Fauci reiterated Friday that individuals who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson do not need to get a booster.

  • "The FDA, CDC and NIH are now gathering information through clinical studies and laboratory studies to determine if and when we might need boosters. But that's not right now."

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