Pfizer Covid booster shots will likely be ready Sept. 20, but Moderna may be delayed, Fauci says

As a top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci addresses Senator Rand Paul (R.KY), as he testifies before Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S.A, July 20, 2021.
Pfizer Covid-19 booster shot will be distributed widely in the United States during the week of September 20, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor at the White House. However, Moderna's vaccine rollout could be delayed, Fauci stated Sunday.

Biden's administration announced plans to offer third doses of Moderna and Pfizer shots to those who have not received approval from public health officials. The U.S. recommends that an additional shot be taken eight months after the last dose.

Fauci stated that only the Pfizer vaccine booster could be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in time for the rollout of the vaccine on the week of September 20. Moderna shots recipients may need to wait longer while regulators approve a third dose.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, "Looks like Pfizer has its data in," he told CBS. "We hope Moderna will also be able do it so that we can do it simultaneously."

He said, "But if it's not, we will do it sequentially." "The bottom line is that although at least some of the plan may be implemented, ultimately, the whole plan will.