Pfizer: Fourth Booster Shot ‘Necessary’
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said that a fourth COVID-19 shot is “necessary.”
“Right now, the way that we have seen, it is necessary, a fourth booster right now. The protection that you are getting from the third, it is good enough, actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths,” Bourla said during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation.
“It’s not that good against infections but doesn’t last very long. But we are just submitting those data to the FDA [Food and Drug Administration], and then we will see what the experts also will say outside Pfizer.”
Bourla said Pfizer aims to create a vaccine effective against all variants of COVID-19 for longer periods of time.
“We are working very diligently right now … to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants, including omicron, but also something that can protect for at least a year,” he said. “And if we be able to achieve that, then I think it is very easy to follow and remember so that we can go back to really the way used to live.”
On Saturday, Bourla told CNBC that his company plans to submit data for a fourth COVID-19 dose.
“It’s clear that there is a need in an environment of omicron to boost the immune response,” he said during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box.