Pfizer CEO has come up with an important message that people who have taken the second pfizer corona vaccine dose, need to take the 3rd dose within 12 months. The announcement was made during a panel discussion hosted by CVS.
Albert Bourla, CEO Pfizer stated:
“A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of that needs to be confirmed. And again, the variants will play a key role,”
“There are vaccines that’s like polio that one dose is enough, there are vaccines like pneumococcal vaccine that one dose is enough for adults and there are vaccines like flu that you need every year,”
“The COVID virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus.”
Recently, Pfizer and BioNTech (the German partner) have stated that their vaccine is 91% effective to fight against the virus, and is more reliable against severe diseases.
Albert Bourla has also confirmed that the company has started the 3rd dose testing in February. The testing shows if the 3rd dose can provide better protection against the new strain i.e. found in South Africa.
The testing includes a total of 800 participants in which 400 received the vaccine and the remaining got a placebo. Positively, only 9 from the placebo participants encountered sickness. That means none from the vaccinated participants got infected!
Also, the Moderna vaccine with 2 doses is found to be useful. The Moderna CEO, Stephane Bancel has informed that the company is shortly coming with a booster shot for its 2-dose vaccine. The statement was discussed with CNBC and the shots are expected to be available from fall.
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