(Big League Politics)
Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla revealed he believes the public will require “annual revaccinations” of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Bourla suggested new variants of the coronavirus would merit annual shots, speaking with George Stephanopoulos.
“The most likely scenario for me, it is because the virus has spread all over the world, that we will continue seeing new variants that are coming out, and also we will have vaccines that will last at least a year. I think the most likely scenario is annual revaccinations, but we need to wait and see the data.”
Such a public health approach would make the use of COVID-19 vaccines similar to that of yearly flu vaccines. Other vaccines, for diseases such as smallpox and measles, are required only once.
Scientific consensus is generally weighed against the premise of booster shots, with the Biden administration insisting on promoting a de facto third vaccination shot. 18 Food and Drug Administration officials have publicly stated there’s no compelling evidence suggesting that mass booster shots are necessary for the health of the public, let alone annual vaccination. Presently, the FDA recommends booster shots for seniors and vulnerable people, as opposed to the general public.
Pfizer expects to profit to the tune of $33.5 billion from vaccination in 2021, raising ethical questions about the company’s place to recommend repetitive shots as a mass public health strategy.