"Immunity doesn't last forever": COVID-19 boosters set to become routine

Both sides of the Atlantic are delivering the same message right now: COVID-19 vaccine boosters will become a regular part of our life for years to come.

Why it matters: The variants are spreading fast, but our technology can keep pace on developing boosters, experts say.

  • From the U.K.: “We have to appreciate that we were always going to have to have booster doses; immunity to coronavirus doesn’t last forever,” COVID-19 Genomics UK head Sharon Peacock told Reuters.
  • From the U.S.: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told “Axios on HBO” the company expects people to need annual boosters for many years. Pfizer can turn around new versions of its vaccine in 116 days, if necessary.

The big picture: Peacock told Reuters she’s most concerned about the COVID variant from South Africa and is also paying attention to the ones from the U.K. and Brazil.

  • “One of the things that the virus has taught me is that I can be wrong quite regularly — I have to be quite humble in the face of a virus that we know very little about still.”

What’s next: France, Germany, Italy and Spain are suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as EU regulators investigate reports of blood clots in recipients.

What do you think?

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Dante
1 month ago

I’m not taking anything that hijacks my cells and tricks them into making a virus. 

carrothead
1 month ago

Nobody really understands this virus let only the vaccines and their potential future consequences. People are just so desperate to get back to “normal” that they are risking their lives on an vaccine with unknown long-term side effects that could be deadlier than getting the actual disease.

bird strike
1 month ago

Why do we need vaccines (and boosters) from a virus with a survival rate of over 97%? What a scam.

dodo bird
1 month ago

Just as I expected: the drug companies are going to make a killing from this pseudovirus. Who wants to place bets on how many Democrats in office have stocks in these vaccines or are getting kickbacks from the drug companies?

Cedar
1 month ago

The government wants everyone to get vaccinated, but the medical investigators have never even isolated the purported virus.  

If they can’t isolate the virus in a year’s time, then there certainly must not be a virus. 
 
Thus, the whole thing is a scam. End of story. 

oncall
1 month ago

Phony boosters for the non-existing virus

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