WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Thursday that Americans need not be picky about which COVID-19 vaccine they take once they’re made available.
“When the vaccine gets by the (Food and Drug Administration) in an emergency use authorization and then, ultimately, hopefully, in an actual approval — take the vaccine,” he said during an appearance Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show.
“This is a race … between the virus and getting vaccines into people. The longer one waits, not getting vaccinated, the better chance the virus has to get a variant or a mutation.”
Fauci’s comments come as officials weigh authorizing the emergency use of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine created by Johnson & Johnson. Company officials said the drug proved to be 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19. Previously, officials granted emergency use authorizations for two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer, which proved to be about 95% effective.