Deccan Chronicle

Pfizer plans third jab in 6-12 months


Washington, April 16: The head of Pfizer said in an interview aired on Thursday that people will “likely” need a third dose of his company’s Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccinatio­n, while elsewhere defending the relatively higher cost of the jab.

CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinatio­ns against the Coronaviru­s may well be required.

“We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen,” Bourla said in an interview recorded on April 1.

“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,” he said, adding that variants will play a “key role.”” It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptibl­e to the virus,” he said.

Researcher­s currently don’t know how long vaccines provide protection against the Coronaviru­s. —

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