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The CEO of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Albert Bourla, predicted this Sunday that in a year the “normal life”After the COVID-19 pandemic, although he considered it likely that it will be necessary to be vaccinated annually against the disease.
“In a year, I think we will be able to return to normal life“, Assured in an interview on ABC television the Pfizer manager, who has developed together with BioNTech one of the vaccines that have shown their effectiveness against COVID-19.
Bourla specified that this does not mean that there are no new variants, but that vaccines will allow to control the spread of the virus.
In his opinion, the most likely scenario given that the virus is “spread all over the world“Is that there are new variants and, therefore, people will have to go back to”get vaccinated annually“.
Precisely, this Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) gave the green light to the third dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for those over 65 and people at risk.
As a consequence, this third dose could be available for these groups, which suppose millions of americans, in the coming days.
Currently, 64% of the US population over 12 years of age is vaccinated with the dual schedule, although the rate of inoculation has slowed down in recent months, which has raised concern among health authorities.
US President Joe Biden had advocated that the third dose of Pfizer be administered to the entire population over 16 years of age, something that the health authorities rejected in the absence of more data.
Pfizer / BioNTech’s is the only vaccine that is fully approved for use by US regulators, as the other two available, Moderna’s double-dose and Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose, are licensed. of emergency.