Moderna Chairman Noubar Afeyan indicated on Tuesday that his company’s COVID-19 shot could require yearly boosters.
“It may well need an annual booster, potentially varying on a year-to-year or every few years basis as the virus varies,” Afeyan said on the Fox Business Network during an interview on “Mornings with Maria.”
Afeyan added that the impact and death toll of the pandemic have been unlike anything experts have seen in the past century. Because of this, uncertainty surrounding what the virus may look like in the future is difficult to surmount.
“We just don’t know how this virus is going to travel from being a pandemic all the way to potentially an endemic virus we have to get used to living with,” he said.
“I think if we end up there, there will be a continuous need for boosting,” he added.
Afeyan also said that the “initial vaccination will do a very good job of protecting us if we get infected.”
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved mixing and matching boosters, meaning people who are eligible for additional shots can decide which brand of vaccine to get as all three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized vaccines are considered “extraordinarily safe” and “effective.”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that her agency would “not articulate a preference” for which brand’s booster shot people should get.
Recent data from the CDC also indicated that vaccinated Americans are currently getting their booster shots at a faster pace than those who are getting their first vaccine dose.
As of last week, roughly 340,000 people were getting booster shots each day, compared to a daily average of 157,605 people who received their first vaccine shot during the same time period.
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
French President Emmanuel Macron faced significant criticism for his comments claiming that he would like to “piss off” unvaccinated individuals.
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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