Fauci: Boosters aren't a luxury
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- Dr. Fauci said in a recent interview that booster shots aren't a luxury;
- The Delta variant has caused the vast majority of COVID-19 cases worldwide over the last two months;
- A second American has come down with a rare disease called monkeypox.
Dr. Fauci says 'a booster isn't a luxury' — think of it as the final step in your COVID-19 vaccine regimen
Faucipredicts that Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19vaccines may, one day, be considered three shot vaccinations.
- That's because the immune system learns better when shots are spaced several months apart.
- It's possible that "we're not going to see an absolute need to reboost every several months" after that, he said.
- Of almost 800,000 sequences collected in the last 60 days, 99.7% were Delta, a WHO report said.
- Delta is highly infectious and has mutations that help it avoid the immune response.
- It was first detected in India in October 2020 and has since spread to at least 166 countries.
- A US resident got monkeypox after returning from Nigeria to Maryland.
- A similar but separate case was reported in Dallas in July.
- Monkeypox is rare but can be deadly, so the CDC has urged vigilance around pox-like lesions.
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- Fauci says COVID-19 cases need to fall below 10,000 per day for a 'degree of normality,' as daily cases reach 85,000 (Insider)
- Drug overdose deaths have reached an all-time high in America (The Wall Street Journal)
- Antibody tests can show whether you need a COVID-19 booster shot, some experts say — but the FDA disagrees (Insider)
- School districts invested in air purifying systems, but they may not have worked as expected (Axios)
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