"This is a race": Fauci urges Americans to take whatever COVID vaccine is available
Dr. Anthony Fauci encourages Americans to take the coronavirus vaccine when it is available, regardless of which one it is.
Why It Matters: The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, given in a single shot instead of two doses, as required by the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, is expected to receive emergency approval soon. Fauci said people shouldn't wait to take the slightly more potent vaccines when the Johnson & Johnson shot is available to them.
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"This is a race between the virus and vaccinating people," the nation's leading infectious disease expert told NBC News on Thursday. "The longer you wait for the vaccination, the greater the chance that the virus will get a variant or mutation."
Fauci also said he expected "nothing but good news" on Friday when the Food and Drug Administration votes to approve the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If the FDA grants emergency approval "immediately", White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said J&J will have 3 to 4 million ready for distribution next week.
The big picture: The US government has reached an agreement with J&J to provide 100 million cans by the end of June.
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