October 23, 2021

Pfizer CEO says yearly booster is ‘most likely scenario’ for COVID vaccine

Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla said during an ABC “This Week” interview on Sunday that the most likely scenario to stop the spread of COVID-19 will be an annual “revaccination.”

“I think the answer is to give both boosters and doses to other people. This is why we have invested so hard and pushed our scientists and engineers to work so hard to produce enough doses for all,” Bourla said.

“Moderna’s CEO said that the pandemic is on course to be over in about a year. Do you agree with that?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I agree that within a year, I think we will be able to come back to normal life. I don’t think that this means that variants will not continue coming. I don’t think that this means that we should be able to live our lives without having vaccinations basically, but that again remains to be seen,” Bourla replied.

“The most likely scenario for me, it is because the virus has spread all over the world, that we will continue seeing new variants that are coming out, and also we will have vaccines that will last at least a year. I think the most likely scenario is annual revaccinations, but we need to wait and see the data,” Bourla added.

The news follows the FDA turning down recommendations for a third booster shot for most Americans.

The report also comes as a concern to many Americans who see COVID-19 as a never-ending issue, as well as concerns regarding a vaccine that is taken repeatedly.

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