Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s decision to reject the offer of a third booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine to the general U.S. population.
“I don’t think they made a mistake,” the White House chief medical adviser told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
Fauci added that he would support a third dose if future data shows it’s effective. In the meantime, convincing unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated remains the priority, he said.
The comments from Fauci come after the FDA advisory committee on Friday voted against giving third shots of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to all Americans, although they recommended booster doses for people 65 and older and those with underlying conditions.
The FDA panel’s decision added to the confusion about booster shots, after President Joe Biden last month said boosters would become available to all Americans beginning the week of September 20.