The United States may not need AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, even if it wins U.S. regulatory approval, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor told Reuters on Thursday.
Fauci says the U.S. has enough contracts with other vaccine makers to vaccinate the entire population, and possibly enough for booster shots in the fall if needed.
For Americans, some already hesitant to get vaccinated, this is good news considering the recent concerns over the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Late last year, the drugmaker and Oxford University published data from an earlier trial with two different efficacy readings as a result of a dosing error. Then in March, more than a dozen countries temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine after reports linked it to a rare blood clotting disorder.