Pfizer’s chief executive said on Sunday that the coronavirus was not going to disappear in the coming years, and that fully vaccinated people would need a fourth dose later this year.
In an interview with CBS, Albert Bourla said that people need to learn to live with the virus.
He added that a fourth dose – a second booster – is needed “right now”.
“The protection you get from the third dose is good enough, in fact good enough to prevent hospitalization and death,” he said.
“It’s not so good for infection, but it does not last long,” he added.
A second booster dose has already been approved for some immunocompromised individuals.
Boula stressed that he expects the booster dose of the coronavirus to be annual, much like the flu vaccine, and added that Pfizer is working on a vaccine that offers even better protection.
“So what we’re trying to do right now, and we’re working very hard on that right now, is to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants, including Omicron, but something that can protect a time at least.
“And if we can achieve that, then I think it is very easy to follow it and remember it, so that we can return to the way of life we are used to,” he stressed.
Boula also stressed that he expects that the data from the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 years and older will be ready in April, and if they are positive and approved, the first vaccinations can start in May.
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