President Joe Biden said that the U.S. Health regulators are looking at shortening the window of the Covid-19 booster program as he was discussing the program with Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during his visit to the White House on Friday
Biden said to be looking at administrating the Covid-19 booster dose five months after people finish their primary two doses, which is three months ahead of the scheduled third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“We’re considering the advice you’ve given that we should start earlier, Should it be as little as five months and that’s being discussed,” said Biden while exclaiming the officials’ take on shortening the third dose gap.
According to Biden, the approval for the booster dose will come around Labor day after officials review data from other countries as well as from vaccine manufacturers.
“The question raised is should it be shorter than eight months, should it be almost five months? That’s being discussed. I spoke with Dr. Fauci this morning about that,” Biden said, referring to Anthony Fauci, his chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Biden’s administration is planning the Covid-19 booster dose ahead of the scheduled third dose as an effort to “stay ahead” of the coronavirus, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said during a virtual White House Covid-19 briefing around the announcement.
According to Israel’s Ministry of Health, the Covid-19 booster Vaccine provides four times more protection against the delta variant than the preceding two doses in adults aging sixty or older.