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Pfizer CEO says Booster shots could be required annually

Randy Mancini 20 December 2, 2021
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Pfizer gave an update on COVID-19 booster shots as the company pushes for teenagers to take a third dose. During a recent interview with the BBC, company CEO Albert Bourla said individuals might need a booster shot every year moving forward.

Today, we submitted a request to the @US_FDA to expand the emergency use authorization of a booster dose of our COVID-19 vaccine to include 16- and 17-year-olds. It is our hope to provide strong protection for as many people as possible, particularly in light of the new variant.

— Albert Bourla (@AlbertBourla) November 30, 2021

On Tuesday, Pfizer submitted a request to the FDA to approve booster shots for 16 and 17-year-olds. Bourla then said it isn’t clear how long these shots are effective.

“I am very confident that would last at least 12-months, but I don’t know that,” he stated. “If we have to make a guess based on everything I have seen so far, I would say that likely will be needed annual revaccination to maintain a very robust and very, very high level of protection.”

Still, we believe that the best hedge against spread of the Omicron variant and any new variant that may emerge is getting all eligible people fully vaccinated and boosted, as recommended.

— Albert Bourla (@AlbertBourla) November 30, 2021

In the meantime, the company is studying the Omicron variant and said they are prepared to develop another vaccine.

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