There are now three COVID-19 vaccines with approval from the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said people shouldn’t overthink which one to get.
Making the network rounds on Sunday, Fauci repeatedly assured audiences all three were highly “efficacious,” even though the trial numbers from Johnson & Johnson’s recently-authorized single-dose shot appear less impressive than the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech candidates. He explained that while it’s understandable that someone might prefer to wait until a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine is available based on the numbers, the candidates really haven’t been compared head-to-head.
Fauci said multiple times Sunday that he would take the Johnson & Johnson shot without hesitation. Fauci did acknowledge he’s already been fully inoculated with the Moderna vaccine, but told CNN’s Dana Bash that “if I were not vaccinated now, and I had a choice of getting a J & J vaccine now or waiting for another vaccine, I would take whatever vaccine would be available to me as quickly as possible.”
Dr. Fauci addresses the concerns about the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and how effective it is compared to the other vaccines available: “The message that needs to prevail, Dana, is that these are three highly efficacious vaccines.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/FMuH8b0whf
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) February 28, 2021
Fauci wasn’t alone in encouraging people to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also said he would take it, explaining the trial data was indeed “quite strong.”
$JNJ ANALYSIS: @ScottGottliebMD tells @margbrennan
data was “quite strong with the J&J vaccine, I think people should be confident about taking it. It will be in the market this week.” pic.twitter.com/n84XnbARSB
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 28, 2021