Even after millions of Americans who follow Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice have received two COVID-19 vaccine doses and a booster shot, the White House chief medical adviser recently indicated that the doses might keep coming.
Fauci offered his take on the prospect of a fourth COVID-19 shot this week after remarks by Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, The Daily Wire reported.
“I think we’ll need a fourth dose”
In a recent CNBC interview, Bourla said: “I think when we see real-world data, we’ll determine if the omicron [variant] is well covered by the third dose and for how long. And at a certain point, I think we’ll need a fourth dose.”
For now, at least, Fauci said that three doses represent “optimal protection” against the latest variant of concern.
The debate over future booster shots has received heightened attention amid concerns about omicron, but Pfizer sought to assuage some concerns with a report that showed three doses of its vaccine would provide equivalent protection against the latest strain than two doses did against previous variants.
Of course, Pfizer’s role in the debate has led to speculation that the company, which stands to benefit from future rounds of inoculation, might have an incentive to ultimately argue for a fourth shot and beyond.
Furthermore, promising early reports suggest that the omicron variant leads to generally milder symptoms than does the delta variant.
“Absolutely their decision in a free society”
Even Fauci acknowledged that the newest threat could prove to be “less severe” than the previous strain.
Nevertheless, he and other high-profile medical experts seem determined to push for COVID-19 booster shots in perpetuity.
While the Biden administration and much of the mainstream media continue to promote Fauci as the top authority on pandemic-related public health matters, he has received mounting pushback from Republican lawmakers and other elected officials.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for example, recently referenced the infectious disease expert in a statement explaining why his state will not consider lockdowns and mandates related to the omicron variant.
“I have no problem if somebody is — if they’re scared of Omicron and they want to lock down or they want to isolate, that is absolutely their decision in a free society,” he said, according to Breitbart. “But you don’t impose Faucism on the whole country or on the whole state. It’s wrong.”