“Hopefully we’ll have an answer soon,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Laura Coates.
A second booster immunization has been allowed since March for U.S. adults 50 and older, as well as some people with compromised immune systems. But for anyone under 50, only one reminder is allowed.
Fauci’s remarks come at a worrying time for many across the country. Daily Covid-19 case rates are rising again, driven by the Omicron BA.5 branch, as are hospitalizations and deaths, which experts say is the most contagious variant yet.
“People who are already infected, even if they have BA.1 and BA.2, may still be at risk of BA.4 or BA.5,” she said.
Earlier this week, the White House Covid-19 response team urged Americans over 50 to get a second vaccine booster, but Americans in that age group are offered fewer vaccines, saying the FDA is considering a second vaccine booster for that age group. Second recall.
In late June, adults under 50 had the highest rate of Covid-19 cases compared to other age groups, according to preliminary data from the CDC.
Response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said FDA and CDC experts are “considering and looking at the data.” As they did, some Americans expressed frustration at having to wait for the government to expand recall eligibility to young people.
In addition to timely vaccinations if eligible, Americans can help reduce the level of transmission of the virus by wearing masks and testing “so you can distinguish between infected people.”
“You reduce the likelihood of getting a new variant,” Fauci said Saturday. “And, in terms of vaccines, it’s important that you don’t just try to get the booster, but as you get more variants, we’re going to upgrade and update the next level of booster so that by the time we arrive in the fall, we’re very An updated recall may be made to better address the variants in circulation at the time. »
The Biden administration also extended the Covid-19 public health emergency (PHE) on Friday, which will help “give us the tools and authority to deal with the highly contagious Covid-19 virus that is currently circulating in the country. body,” an administration official told CNN.
“PHE provides hospitals with the necessary capacity and flexibility to better care for patients, especially if we see a significant increase in hospital admissions in the coming weeks,” the official said.
CNN’s Brenda Goodman and Deidre McPhillips contributed to this report.