Fauci: AstraZeneca likely to release new statement on its COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to examine the COVID-19 response, focusing on an update from federal officials, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2021. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca Plc is likely to come out with a new, modified statement about its COVID-19 vaccine after a data and safety monitoring board expressed concern that the data in the company’s recent public statement were outdated, U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.

Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both expressed concern about the trajectory of the pandemic during a briefing with reporters, despite a vaccination process that has led to 84 million people in the United States getting one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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