Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that the FDA giving Covid vaccines full approval is “only a technical issue” and that the hundreds of millions of people across the world who have been vaccinated serve as evidence that “the effectiveness and the safety of the vaccines are very high.”
As of July 4, about 157 million Americans were fully vaccinated, almost half of the population. Many people are hesitant or have decided to wait to be vaccinated until the vaccines shift from being labeled “emergency use authorization” to “fully approved.”
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” President Joe Biden's top medical adviser told host George Stephanopoulos, “There are certainly some people who when you use the terminology ‘emergency use authorization,’ they kind of think it's a tenuous data showing that it works so that it's safe. That's not the case.”
The Biden administration has been pushing a more aggressive vaccination campaign as the Delta variant continues to spread. POLITICO reported that the government is now administering less than 400,000 doses per day, a significant drop from the rush to get vaccinated seen only a few months ago.
“Although it's understandable — quite understandable that some people might say, ‘Well, we want to wait for the full approval,’ that's really only a technical issue,” Fauci said. “It's the FDA dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. But there's no doubt in my mind that these vaccines are going to get full approval because of the extraordinary amount of positive data.”
As the fall approaches and states figure out how to increase safe in-person learning for students, parents and educators debate who should wear a mask and when. Fauci said the guidance is clear — follow the CDC guidelines. If you’re unvaccinated, wear a mask, but if you’re vaccinated, it’s not necessary.
“The bottom line is we need to get the children back in school, in-person classes in the fall,” said Fauci.
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