Pfizer says 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine likely needed

Created: April 15, 2021 05:04 PM

(NBCNC) — A third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine will likely be needed within a year.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla made the comments during an event with CVS Health that was taped on April 1, but was just made public.

Bourla said that people will "likely" need a booster shot within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated.

"If you ask me, I think there will be a need, based on these data, for revaccinations," Bourla said. "We need to see what would be a sequence and for how often. We need to do that. That remains to be seen. The likely scenario is that there will likely be a need for a third dose somewhere between six and 12 months, and then from there, there will be an annual vaccination. But all of that needs to be confirmed and again, the variants will play a critical role. It is extremely important to suppress the pool of people that can be susceptible to the virus."

Pfizer announced earlier this month that data from more than 12,000 vaccinated people, the vaccine was more than 91% effective against COVID-19 and more than 95% effective against severe disease up to six months after the second dose.

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