Fauci also said that a booster shot will eventually be recommended for people with weakened immune systems.
More children will be infected with the coronavirus
as the most contagious delta variant spreads across the country, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US government's leading infectious disease expert, on Thursday.
Quantitatively, more children will be seen in hospitals, added the official, who indicated that at least 117 countries in the world are facing the delta variant. However, it is not clear whether this strain causes more severe illness in children, Fauci said.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC), indicated that the best way to protect children ineligible to be vaccinated is for their parents to be vaccinated.
The CDC is also studying so-called "prolonged COVID
" in minors. Early data indicates that persistent symptoms are not yet as prevalent in children as they are in adults, but Walensky said more studies are needed.
Anthony Fauci also said that a booster shot will eventually be recommended for people with weakened immune systems.
Compromised immune systems occur from various causes, such as organ transplants, cancer, or other conditions. Any authorization for a booster shot could be done by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
On NBC's “Today” show, Anthony Fauci added that data is being collected from other vaccinated groups, such as the elderly, to determine if their protection goes “beyond a critical level” and “that is when they will hear about the implementation of reinforcements. " for others.
"At this time, beyond the compromised immune system, we are not going to give boosters," Fauci said. "Inevitably there will come a time when we will have reinforcements" because "no vaccine
, at least not in this category, will have an indefinite amount of protection," he said.
SOURCE: Associated Press