The American authority on infectious diseases disagrees with UK proposals to prioritize first doses.
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U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he disagreed with the approach of the U.K. to postpone the second dose of the vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. Dr. Fauci told CNN on Friday that the United States will not follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom and follow the advice provided by Pfizer and BioNTech to administer the second dose of the vaccine three weeks after the first. Despite an uproar from physicians, this week the U.K. Chief Medical Officers defended their plans to postpone patients with the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, ensuring people will now wait up to 12 weeks. The move is intended to send the first dose to more individuals. Dr. “Fauci told CNN, “We know from the clinical trials that the best time is to offer it on one day and wait 28 days for [the Modern vaccine, which is also approved in the U.S.]and 21 days later for Pfizer.” He added that he was not in favor of doing so while “the case” could be made for stretching out the doses. Pfizer and BioNTech also cautioned that the two doses were crucial to achieving m Also, patients taking the first dose of the newly approved AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine will have to wait up to 12 weeks. Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer of England, and his counterparts in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland said in a statement Thursday night that they stand by their decision to delay the second dose to ensure that more people are willing to receive their first dose as early as possible: “We must follow public health principles and act quickly if we are to defeat this pandemic ravaging our communities, and we believe the public will understand and thank us for this decisive action.”