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3rd Pfizer COVID vaccine dose likely needed this fall, CEO says

US President Joe Biden getting a jab of Pfizer  BioNTech Eligible persons urged to receive vaccine soon
Hannah Rogers | 16 April, 2021, 20:27

He said that recipients of the vaccine may also need to be injected every year to curb the spread of the virus, reported Harian Metro.

However, researchers are yet to determine how long vaccine doses are going to remain effective against COVID-19.

"It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus..."

This would mean a third dose for people who have received the Pfizer or Moderna jabs and a second dose for the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine.

Earlier this month, Pfizer said its vaccine was more than 91% effective after a study was conducted on more than 46,000 trial participants.

Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla said the six months of data shows "extremely, extremely high" protection from Covid-19, noting that protection still 'goes down by time'.

Bourla also Thursday defended the price of his company's vaccine, saying they are saving lives and will not be sold to poor countries for a profit.

"Vaccines are very expensive", Albert Bourla said in an interview with several media.

"They save human lives, they allow economies to reopen, but we sell them at the price of a meal", he was quoted as saying.

Developed jointly with Germany-based BioNTech, the Pfizer vaccine is, along with Moderna, the vaccine that has cost the European Union the most, according to data released several months ago by a member of the Belgian government. "The Covid virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus". It seems strong but there is some waning of that and no doubt the variants challenge. they make these vaccines work harder.

About 144 volunteers will be given the third dose, mostly those who participated in the vaccine's early-stage USA testing a year ago.

"So I think for planning purposes, planning purposes only, I think we should expect that we may have to boost".

"In poorer countries, including in Africa, we sell it at cost".

Though, the vaccines have not yet been tested in on pregnant women, Dr. Al Khenyab has said that evidence from non-clinical studies of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and the regulatory bodies in the USA, Canada and Europe and has raised no concerns about safety in pregnancy.

In addition, more than 76.6 million Americans - 23.1 percent of the population -are fully immunized against coronavirus.

Mr Kessler added that the most vulnerable would be first in line.

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