The intensive care and pulmonologist Dr. Vin Gupta told CNBC that the most effective way to fight the coronavirus pandemic is to vaccinate the rest of the world before booster vaccinations are given to healthy Americans under 65.
“An ‘America First’ vaccine strategy should be about vaccinating as much of the world as possible so we can protect as many people as possible and reduce the chance of a variant that would make all existing vaccines unusable . ” , it’s an ‘America First’ approach that keeps us as safe as possible, “said Gupta, professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
US health officials are expected to recommend that most Americans get a booster vaccination eight months after their second dose. If the Food and Drug Administration signs the move, people could get a third shot as early as next month. Gupta argued the move made no sense during a Tuesday night interview on “The News with Shepard Smith”.
“Giving more vaccine to people who don’t absolutely need it makes no sense given today’s data, and it won’t save lives, it actually won’t protect us, and it will end this pandemic faster,” Gupta said.
Sources told NBC News that the guidelines would only apply to people who received two shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and the first booster shots will likely go to older Americans.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA recommended boosters for some people with compromised immune systems.
Gupta said the guidelines on boosters for people over 65 and immunocompromised people “make sense” but could cause confusion for everyone else.
“For those who are otherwise healthy … these vaccines remain effective at keeping people out of the hospital, two doses of Pfizer or two doses of Moderna months … does not match the data as we currently know and this leads to – – Will create potential confusion, “said Gupta.