CONFUSING COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS COMING TODAY – WITH PFIZER FORWARDING A THIRD DOSE OF THE VACCINE – A NEW BOOSTER TO PROTECT THIS FROM THE DELTA VARIANT. BUT THE CDC AND FDA DON’T SAY SO FAST.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – Confusing Covid-19 developments come out on Friday.
Pfizer is promoting a third dose of the vaccine, a new booster to protect against the Delta variant.
Both the CDC and the FDA say not so soon.
A doctor at Baystate Medical Center says there is no urgent need to get a third syringe at this point as there is no reliable data to back it up.
“The data Pfizer has presented so far doesn’t really tell us which direction we’re going. I think that’s why the CDC and FDA say pump the breaks and let’s look at the dates, ”said Esteban Delpilar, Baystate infectious disease doctor.
“Do we need a booster dose because the amount of antivirus your body has is decreasing? Or do you need a booster dose because the variants are so different that you may need a little help getting these types of antibodies, ”said Dr. Delpilar
He went on that the research was ongoing and said, “It is possible that Moderna will get into a similar argument in a month or two. Because you have to remember that Pfizer came out a few months before Moderna. “
News on Friday that Pfizer will apply for emergency clearance from the Federal Drug Administration within weeks has met with mixed community responses.
“Well, hey, if you get a flu shot every year, what’s the difference? It’s still the same. Basically, you’re just trying to keep track and keep the body immune, ”said Robert Morris, who is fully vaccinated.
Samuel Lee Sr. believes the virus is not enough to get vaccinated. He says, “This vaccine, you have a cough, you have Covid. You have back pain, you have Covid. So for me we really don’t know what is the primary cause of Covid. “
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