Dr. Siegel on “America’s Newsroom”: COVID recall “will benefit” people over 60
In a press release sent to Fox Business, the FDA said it has approved a single recall for some people to be administered at least six months after receiving their first two doses. Fox News medical contributor Dr Marc Siegel weighed in on the announcement, telling “America’s Newsroom” that people aged 60 and over will see “some benefits.” and a coronavirus vaccine booster would be aimed at people at high risk “reduce “the risk of spread.
DR. MARC SIEGEL: “And there’s a lot of confusion, but one thing I want to tell you, at least the FDA brought in their advisory group this time around. They might not do it with the 5-11 age group. Why do I like it so much? I spoke to Paul Offit, who is a senior member of this committee, and he is one of the best vaccinologists in the country. I spoke to him yesterday. He said, you know, it’s very clear that there is a benefit beyond 60. I said, why 65? He said, well, it could have been 60. So beyond 60, you see some benefit. And there are 22 million Americans who have been away for more than six months, and half of them are over 65, by the way, they will qualify if they get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. .
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Here’s where the confusion comes from, Trace. What does it mean you need a reminder? What does this really mean? Because what they’re actually measuring is the risk of minor infections, and is your antibody level going down? But you know what? You have a memory of having this vaccine and it intensifies when you see the virus. This therefore protects you against serious illnesses and hospitalization. There is therefore no reason to believe that the vaccine will not work beyond six months. It just isn’t as effective. And we want to prevent the spread. This is the other thing. So you give a reminder, you lower your risk of spreading, you lower your risk of serious disease. We don’t know how long this lasts. Israel’s data is only a few weeks old. We don’t know if this boost we are giving you is going to last and last. The vaccine itself will last. But again, this can decrease over time. “
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Bradford Betz of FOX Business contributed to this report.