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Anthony Fauci. Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday the Pfizer coronavirus booster shot may be ready by the date the administration has aimed for, while Moderna's will likely need more time for approval.

The backdrop: President Biden said last month the government will offer boosters beginning the week of Sept. 20 to adults who got their shots of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna at least eight months prior.

What he's saying: “We were hoping that we would get the, both the candidates, both products, Moderna and Pfizer, rolled out by the week of the 20th," Fauci said. "It is conceivable that we will only have one of them out, but the other would likely follow soon thereafter."

  • Fauci added that the delay is because the administration wants to get "the appropriate FDA regulatory approval and then the recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices."
  • "Looks like Pfizer has their data in, likely would meet the deadline," he said. "We hope that Moderna would also be able to do it, so we could do it simultaneously, but if not, we'll do it sequentially."
  • "So the bottom line is very likely at least part of the plan will be implemented, but ultimately the entire plan will be."

Driving the news: Health officials have warned that the administration would have to scale back plans to unveil the third dose by that date to allow for more time to collect and review data for the Moderna booster.

Of note: "It looks good,” Fauci said when asked about the data that officials are still seeking from Moderna. “I think it is going to be at the most, a couple of weeks' to a few weeks' delay, if any.”

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  1. Health: FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized COVID patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated" — Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Teens and adults missed 37 million vaccinations during COVID — Team USA 100% vaccinated against COVID ahead of Beijing Olympics — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — Annual COVID vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO.
  3. Politics: Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates — Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults — Beijing officials urge COVID-19 "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics.
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Air Force discharges 27 for defying COVID vaccine mandate

U.S. Air Force member receives a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: U.S. Forces Korea via Getty Images

The Air Force has administratively discharged 27 individuals for refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, making them the first members to face such consequences for defying the vaccine mandate, AP reports.

Driving the news: The Air Force's deadline to get vaccinated was Nov. 2, and last month the service branch said that nearly 97% of its active-duty service members had complied with the mandate.

Dec 13, 2021 - Health

California to reinstate mask mandate for indoor public spaces

A "Masks Required" sign inside the Ferry Building in San Francisco, California. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Monday that the state will reinstate a mask mandate in all indoor public spaces starting on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The move comes amid rising concern about the Omicron variant, which has led to an uptick in cases in recent weeks. The rate of infections in California has increased 47% since Thanksgiving, per Reuters.