Jan 22, 2022 - Health

Annual COVID vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO

Albert Bourla, chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc., speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

Albert Bourla, chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc., on Nov. 8, 2021. Photo: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Saturday he would recommend an annual COVID-19 vaccine over frequent booster shots, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The rise of the Omicron variant has pushed the need for vaccine boosters, and businesses, universities and others have begun to require the booster shots.

The big picture: Bourla said in an interview with Israel's Channel 12 News that he does not think the long-term COVID response should rely on booster shots that would need to be administered every four to five months, per Reuters.

  • "What I'm hoping (is) that we will have a vaccine that you will have to do once a year," said Bourla, according to the wire service.
  • "Once a year — it is easier to convince people to do it. It is easier for people to remember," he added.
  • Bourla said Pfizer is looking to create a vaccine that covers Omicron and other variants as soon as March.
  • Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is effective against severe disease and death from the Omicron variant, although it's less effective in preventing transmission, experts have found.
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