The federal government’s top immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci said a third coronavirus vaccine on Friday would add an essential tool to the nation’s arsenal against the epidemic, despite its low effectiveness in research trials.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talked about the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is expected to be presented to the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Authority during an interview early next week. Lester Holt “Friday.
“Avoidance of critical illness is high,” he said.
The vaccine has a 72 percent effective rate for preventing symptomatic Kovid-19, Johnson & Johnson said earlier in the day. This compares to 95 percent of the Pfizer vaccine and 94 percent for the modern version.
The company said that the Jammu and Kashmir vaccine did not unusually require cold storage and only basic refrigeration. The other two also require a second shot.
“From a practical standpoint,” Fauci said, “… to keep people out of the hospital and prevent death – it’s value-added.”
Pfizer and Modern Vaccines use messenger RNA to teach the immune system how to fight coronovirus. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine uses an inactive adenovirus, a type of virus that causes the common cold, to do so.
Fauci is not reading much in the low effective rate. In an earlier interview with the New York Press Club, he said, “Seventy-two percent would be efficacious, ‘wow'” if the J&K vaccine was presented to the world before others.
In fact, he stated on the “Nightly News with Lester Holt” with the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, adding that no hospitalization during the trial has its benefits.
“You can just keep it in a refrigerator,” he said. “It’s relatively cheap. And the company can make billions of supplements.”
He said the addition of a third vaccine to the US arsenal could not come soon, as the vaccine would be the country’s most effective weapon against mutations, including the UK-affiliated version B.1.1.7 and a South African version.
The J&J vaccine, however, was later found to have only 57 percent affection. Fossey said that Pfizer and the modern vaccine could be modified to attack new variants.
As long as the epidemic is under control, the virus will mutate in an attempt to survive and thrive, Fauci said. The majority of Americans need to be vaccinated for a normal life from fall, he said.
“It’s not a question of Ham,” the doctor said. “We must do this.”
Lester Holt has contributed.