Annual vaccinations able to provide us with a high level of protection. Even towards the variante Omicron: a first study from South Africa tells of the ability to reinfect even those who have been infected in the past. Natural immunity may therefore not be enough to stop new waves. This thinks Albert Bourla, the 60-year-old CEO of Pfizer with a rather adventurous history: “If I really have to make a prediction, from what we have seen so far in this pandemic, it is likely that we will need annual vaccinations to maintain a high level of protection»Against Covid, he told the BBC.
He says this to the broadcaster of a country that if it first bet on the lengthening of the times between the first and second dose, now it is betting strongly onacceleration of recalls, the booster doses, even just three months after the second. And, in terms of trade movements, it has already bought another 114 million doses of Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna vaccines, which could only be delivered once updated, in the coming months, against the latest variant that worries the world. In short, we are already preparing for the administration of a fourth and perhaps a fifth dose. At some point, as with other vaccinations, you will need to call them boosters and that’s it.
Many organizations and citizens view the revenues Pfizer, Biontech and Moderna are generating from the pandemic as immoral. For Pfizer only, we talk about $ 35 billion in vaccine sales against Covid this year, with a surge in the share price. In addition, while most people in the world have been able to receive at least one dose of the vaccine, in some parts of Africa we are less than one in 20. During the interview Bourla defended himself by explaining that “we have saved millions of lives, averted trillions of damage to the world economy. It was the demonstration of human ingenuity. And then there must be a reward and recognition of this type, it’s a good thing: because they stimulate competition and science, also to fight the next pandemic ».
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