UPDATED 7:15 AM PT – Sunday, July 11, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci defended not receiving a notice from Pfizer that the company would suggest Americans to get a third dose of their vaccine. On Friday, Fauci claimed Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla called to apologize to him for making the announcement without warning the White House.
The CDC fired back at the biotech company in a statement by saying people who are fully vaccinated do not need a third dose at this time. However, Pfizer remained committed to seek FDA emergency use authorization for a booster shot as early as August and claimed it would protect residents from the Delta variant.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the FDA but has been authorized for emergency use to prevent COVID-19 in ages 12+. See Fact Sheet: https://t.co/dT0debyEzh
— Pfizer Inc. (@pfizer) July 8, 2021
When asked about the lack of coordination between top health officials and vaccine manufacturers, Fauci suggested otherwise.
“I disagree there is not coordination between the pharmaceutical companies,” he claimed. “The coordination that’s been going on, on the rollout of the vaccines over the last four or five months has been extremely good.”
The CDC and FDA stated health agencies are continuing to review data on whether it’s necessary to consider a booster vaccine. Meanwhile, they’re urging vaccine manufacturers to slow their roll down and not to rush to add another shot to their recommended dosage.