US President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2021.
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President Joe Biden said U.S. regulators were looking to administer Covid-19 reinforcement guns five months after people finished their primary vaccinations, raising the timeline for a third strike of about three months.
On Friday, Biden, who spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, said health officials were considering following the country’s direction for boosters.
“We think about the advice you’ve given that we need to start first,” Biden said, adding that officials are discussing whether the timeline should be shorter. “It should only be five months, and that’s being discussed.”
Approval of the reinforcement blows is expected to come sometime around Labor Day after federal health officials have had time to review data from other countries.
The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, said last week that data published by Israel on the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines over time had encouraged U.S. health leaders to rethink their position on vaccine reinforcement strokes. Israel released new data on August 16 showing a reduction in the effectiveness of the Pfizer Covf vaccine against serious diseases among people 65 years and older who were fully vaccinated in January or February.
Israel released more data Sunday showing a boost dose provided four times more protection against delta variant infection than the previous two-dose regimen in people 60 and older, Reuters was quoted as saying. Israel Ministry of Health. The booster dose also provided five to six times more effective in preventing hospitalization or serious illness.
About 1.5 million Israeli residents have received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Later in the day, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki clarified Biden’s comments, saying she would rely on CDC and FDA officials to make any changes to the formal orientation of health of the United States, which is currently that booster doses should be given after eight months.
“So I want to be very clear about that. If they were to change their data-based guidance for a particular group, I would, of course, respect that,” Psaki said at a press conference Friday. “But for people watching at home, for all of you who report this nothing has changed on the eight-month timeline as far as boosters are concerned.”
Other countries including the Dominican Republic, Hungary and Germany have already begun administering reinforcement blows to their population, are close to it or are being considered.
Pfizer said Wednesday that a booster dose of its vaccine provides a threefold increase in neutralizing antibodies in an unprecedented study as the company rushes to get FDA approval for its booster doses, according to Reuters.
The study also found that side effects from a third dose are similar to those experienced after a second dose. Common side effects include headache, lethargy, mild pain at the injection site and fever.
The distribution of the cooling blows is scheduled to begin Sept. 20, pending final signature by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Biden administration and vaccine manufacturers have indicated that there should be enough doses for any healthy vaccinated adult seeking a third dose.
Correction: This article has been updated to correct the time when a potential third dose of Covid could be administered. They are five months after full immunization.