'When you look at the data from Israel, it’s very clear that the booster reverses some of the waning effects'
The United States' pandemic czar on Friday cited Israeli data as the proof that a third dose of the Covid vaccine is essential to curb the spread of the virus.
Israel, a world leader in vaccine rollout, was the first country to launch a mass booster campaign during the pandemic, with more than 3,900,000 people getting a third dose since the summer.
The campaign has seen virus cases in Israel fall to a mere few hundred a day from over 10,000 a day in late August and early September.
"When you look at the data from Israel, it’s very clear that (the booster) reverses some of the waning effects that you see in people who have been vaccinated for six months or more,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, said in an interview with The Daily podcast.
As in Israel, he said, booster shots for all vaccinated adults “are going to be an absolutely essential component of our response. Not a bonus, not a luxury, but an absolutely essential part of the program.”
A booster shot of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech is 95.6 percent effective against symptomatic infection, according to trial data published by the makers last month.