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Pfizer CEO sees annual COVID vaccine rather than frequent boosters

Stock MarketsJan 22, 2022 07:52PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla talks during a press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after a visit to oversee the production of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the factory of U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfiz 2/2

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on Saturday that an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Pfizer/BioNtech's COVID-19 vaccine has shown to be effective against severe disease and death caused by the heavily-mutated Omicron variant but less effective in preventing transmission.

With cases soaring, some countries have expanded COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes or shortened the gap between shots as governments scramble to shore up protection.

In an interview with Israel's N12 News, Bourla was asked whether he sees booster shots being administered every four to five months on a regular basis.

"This will not be a good scenario. What I'm hoping (is) that we will have a vaccine that you will have to do once a year," Bourla said.

"Once a year - it is easier to convince people to do it. It is easier for people to remember.

"So from a public health perspective, it is an ideal situation. We are looking to see if we can create a vaccine that covers Omicron and doesn't forget the other variants and that could be a solution," Bourla said.

Bourla has said Pfizer could be ready to file for approval for a redesigned vaccine to fight Omicron, and mass produce it, as soon as March.

Citing three studies, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that a third dose of an mRNA vaccine is key to fighting Omicron, providing 90% protection against hospitalization.

A preliminary study published by Israel's Sheba Medical Center on Monday found that a fourth shot increases antibodies to even higher levels than the third but was likely not enoughto fend off Omicron. Nonetheless, a second booster was still advised for risk groups, Sheba said.

Pfizer CEO sees annual COVID vaccine rather than frequent boosters
 

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Always Long
Always Long Jan 23, 2022 11:05AM ET
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Sellers suggestion to customers 🤣
Mike Brarey
Mike Brarey Jan 23, 2022 3:16AM ET
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Novavax has launched a Phase I/II study evaluating a combination vaccine for the prevention of both COVID-19 and seasonal influenza
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi Jan 23, 2022 2:55AM ET
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Will Covid season erase Flu season (Decrmber thru February) ?
Gershom Zvi
Gershom Zvi Jan 23, 2022 2:52AM ET
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Collective immunity no longer exists ?
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez Jan 23, 2022 2:52AM ET
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Who needs collective immunity when big pharma companies have billions to make off of vaccines
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BB To Jan 23, 2022 2:50AM ET
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Always have a new covid product to earn your money
Nick Farr
Nick Farr Jan 23, 2022 2:09AM ET
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Stuff yer jabs, boosters, masks social distancing lies and propaganda where the sun don't shine. There should be heads on spikes for the attrition of the last two years.
Lubosi Maboshe
Lubosi Maboshe Jan 23, 2022 12:39AM ET
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Why not hedge the coming inflation or depreciation with good solid businesses in the oil industry? using funds to build a vaccine and sell to foreign states that have to borrow to pay will cause more inflation. This 🚗 crash is going to be deadly watch out
Aleksandr Radchenko
Aleksandr Radchenko Jan 23, 2022 12:39AM ET
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there was a time when people thought buying whaling ships was a good investment. they thought that whale oil is needed by everyone and always. study history before buying something as unreliable as oil production.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Jan 23, 2022 12:16AM ET
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you people who write this should be ashamed of yourselves
Manali Traders
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Get ready for him to switch this up with one of every three months soon, lol.
John Lakran
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How about No, the jig is up pandemic over Omni got everyone and it was a joke
 
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