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Dr. Fauci Says the COVID Vaccine Will Only Keep You Immune for This Long

Best Life Logo By Jaimie Etkin of Best Life | Slide 1 of 5: Distribution of the COVID vaccine is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, with Pfizer and Moderna seeking emergency use approval. But there's still a lot we don't know about the vaccine. Who will get inoculated first, for example? Is it safe for kids? And how long will it stave off the novel coronavirus? In a new interview with McClatchy, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), weighed in on that last question regarding the level of immunity the COVID vaccine provides. "The bottom line is we don't know right now how long it lasts," he said, but he does have some conjectures. Read on to find out how long the vaccine could keep you immune from COVID, and for more from Fauci on the rollout, check out These 5 People Will Get the COVID Vaccine First, Dr. Fauci Says.Similar to the flu vaccine, vaccinologists have projected that the coronavirus vaccine will require annual shots or booster shots. But, as Fauci told McClatchy, it's not clear whether or not the COVID-19 vaccines will last that long since the virus has only been around in the U.S. since March. "We're less than a year into the disease, so you can't say it lasts more than a year—I mean, that would be impossible," he said. "That doesn't make any sense because no one that we know of that we're following has been infected more than a year."But data from similar coronaviruses may provide some insight, according to the nation's leading immunologist. In the 2002 SARS outbreak, for example, those who came down with the virus were naturally immune for over a year, though their immunity eventually waned. "So the bottom line is we don't know right now how long it lasts," Fauci said of immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine. "But it likely would last for a full year's cycle."Much longer than that, though, may be a bridge too far. "From what we know of the duration thus far of immunity, I would be surprised if it turns out to be a 20-year duration, but I would also be surprised if it was less than a year," Fauci said. "I think it would probably be more than a year." Read on to see what else we know about the vaccine at this point, and for more of Fauci's perspective, check out Dr. Fauci Says This Many People Need to Get Vaccinated to Stop COVID.Read the original article on Best Life.

Dr. Fauci Says the COVID Vaccine Will Only Keep You Immune for This Long

Distribution of the COVID vaccine is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, with Pfizer and Moderna seeking emergency use approval. But there's still a lot we don't know about the vaccine. Who will get inoculated first, for example? Is it safe for kids? And how long will it stave off the novel coronavirus? In a new interview with McClatchy, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), weighed in on that last question regarding the level of immunity the COVID vaccine provides. "The bottom line is we don't know right now how long it lasts," he said, but he does have some conjectures. Read on to find out how long the vaccine could keep you immune from COVID, and for more from Fauci on the rollout, check out These 5 People Will Get the COVID Vaccine First, Dr. Fauci Says.

Similar to the flu vaccine, vaccinologists have projected that the coronavirus vaccine will require annual shots or booster shots. But, as Fauci told McClatchy, it's not clear whether or not the COVID-19 vaccines will last that long since the virus has only been around in the U.S. since March. "We're less than a year into the disease, so you can't say it lasts more than a year—I mean, that would be impossible," he said. "That doesn't make any sense because no one that we know of that we're following has been infected more than a year."

But data from similar coronaviruses may provide some insight, according to the nation's leading immunologist. In the 2002 SARS outbreak, for example, those who came down with the virus were naturally immune for over a year, though their immunity eventually waned. "So the bottom line is we don't know right now how long it lasts," Fauci said of immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine. "But it likely would last for a full year's cycle."

Much longer than that, though, may be a bridge too far. "From what we know of the duration thus far of immunity, I would be surprised if it turns out to be a 20-year duration, but I would also be surprised if it was less than a year," Fauci said. "I think it would probably be more than a year." Read on to see what else we know about the vaccine at this point, and for more of Fauci's perspective, check out Dr. Fauci Says This Many People Need to Get Vaccinated to Stop COVID.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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