U.S. plans boosters for at-risk Americans: Fauci

In a race against the highly transmissible Delta variant, the United States is working to give extra COVID-19 booster vaccinations to vulnerable Americans with compromised immune systems.
The leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci:
“Immunocompromised people are vulnerable. (flash) “It is extremely important that we move around to get these people their boosters. We are working on that now and will implement it as soon as possible ... "
With this goal in mind, the US is joining Germany, France and Israel's plan to give boosters to certain people ... and ignoring Wednesday's request by the World Health Organization to suspend boosters until more people in poorer countries get their first shot.
According to the WHO, low-income countries could only administer 1.5 doses per 100 people due to a lack of supplies. In wealthy countries, vaccination rates are much higher.
Even so, the United States is struggling with rising COVID cases - which is up about 43% from the previous week.
There is a lot to blame for the spread of the delta variant - especially among the unvaccinated.
But breakthrough infections also occur in people who have been completely vaccinated, albeit far less frequently.
FAUCI: "The ultimate endgame of all this is vaccination."
Fauci says the US needs to vaccinate more, not less, and this is not the time to take a break.
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Anthony Fauci
American immunologist and head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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