The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine that last week won approval from FDA advisers for a booster shot probably should have been a two-shot vaccine from the start, the nation's top infectious disease physician said Sunday.
"What the advisers to the FDA felt is that, given the data that they saw, very likely this should have been a two-dose vaccine to begin with," Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC's "This Week."
The Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory panel unanimously approved booster shots for the vaccine Friday for all J&J recipients 18 years and older - as early as two months after the first dose.
The panel's recommendations for the Moderna and Pfizer boosters were for Americans 65 and older or in higher risk groups.
Fauci also appeared on Fox News Sunday, saying it is "really unfortunate" that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has moved to ban vaccine mandates in the state. Fauci said the Republican governor's decision to block businesses from requiring inoculations would damage public health.
Fauci also said people who don't like him don't like hearing the "inconvenient" truth.
"I have stood for always letting science, data and evidence be what we guide ourselves by," Fauci said. "I think people who feel differently, who have conspiracy theories, who deny reality that's looking them straight in the eye, those are people that don't particularly care for me."
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►States can begin ordering vaccine doses for children younger than 12 next week, before the FDA authorizes shots for them. Officials are preparing to discuss making smaller-dose versions available to kids ages 5 to 11.
►Enrollment in Milwaukee Public Schools has dropped 9% since the pandemic, with 4,000 fewer students counted this month than at the same time last year, and about 6,300 fewer than before the pandemic began.
►Robert Durst, the 78-year-old who days ago was sentenced to life in prison for a decades-old murder, has been hospitalized with COVID. His attorney said Saturday that Durst was "very, very sick."
►Rolls-Royce is rolling out a timeline for mandatory vaccinations for its employees, following a requirement that those working with the federal government be vaccinated. The company, a longtime federal contractor, won a $500 million contract to make engines for the Air Force last month.
???? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 44.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 724,100 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 240.3 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 188.9 million Americans - 56.9% of the population - are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
???? What we're reading: National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, who is retiring after 12 years serving three presidents in his role, spoke with USA TODAY about his tenure. Read what he said about vaccines and misinformation.