There’s very “good news,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: The Johnson&Johnson vaccine will soon be distributed, making it the third coronavirus vaccine available to Americans. However, on CNN’s State of the Union with Dana Bash this morning, Fauci warned that we’re not out of the woods yet. New variants of COVID-19—born from London, South Africa, Brazil, California and now New York City—are proving more transmissible, and in some cases, more deadly. So which vaccine should you get—Pfizer, Moderna or J&J? Read on to hear Fauci’s response—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says to Take Whichever Vaccine is Available to You First
“So according to Johnson&Johnson,” said Bash, “their vaccine was 72% effective in preventing moderate to severe cases in the United States, lower than the 95% efficacy rate for Pfizer and Moderna. So what is your message to somebody who sees that and decides, ‘You know what, I’m going to wait and get Moderna and Pfizer and not get Johnson&Johnson.’”
“You can understand that type of a concern,” said Fauci. “But in order to really compare vaccines, you have to compare them head to head. And these were not compared head to head. The message that needs to prevail is that these are three highly efficacious vaccines.” Keep reading to see which one Fauci got.
Dr. Fauci Said He’d Take the J&J Vaccine if It Were Offered to Him
“I can tell you, I have been fully vaccinated with one that was available,” he said. “It was the Moderna. If I were not vaccinated now, and I had a choice of getting a J&J vaccine now or waiting for another vaccine, I would take whatever vaccine would be available to me as quickly as possible for the simple reason of…we want to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible. So this is good news because we have another very good vaccine in mix.” Keep reading to see why he says it’s more urgent than ever to get vaccinated.
Dr. Fauci Said the More Transmissible Variants Mean You Should Get Vaccinated ASAP
Fauci was asked about the COVID-19 variants—including a new one out of New York City. “We take them very seriously,” said Fauci. “And the thing that we do know from in vitro, a test tube studies, as well as indirectly from the vaccine—for example, the J&J study in, in other areas such as in South Africa, where there’s a different type of a variant—that when you have a variant that diminishes the capability of the vaccine, if you get a good vaccine that has a high titer of antibody, you can not necessarily get the best possible response, but it’s still within the cushion of effectiveness, which tells us don’t despair about the fact that there are variants.”
Dr. Fauci Said You Have Two Tools to Fight the Viruses
That said, he reiterated: “We need to take them seriously. But again, two ways and two tools you have to address them—continue with the types of mitigations, the public health measures that we do, that we talk about all the time. I don’t even need to repeat them now, you know what they are.” He meant washing your hands, avoiding crowds, wearing a snug mask….“but also to vaccinate as many people as you possibly can, because even when you have variants, the vaccines will be important in spreading and in preventing the spread. You get variants when the virus has sort of like a complete field of going wherever it wants to go, because the people are vulnerable. If you prevent that by public health measures in vaccination, you’ll dampen the effect of these variants. And that’s the reason why we keep saying, keep the public health measures up and get as many people vaccinated as you possibly can.”
How to Avoid COVID-19 and Stay Safe
So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.