By Black Health Matters
A Moderna executive claims a fourth vaccine may be needed in the fall. During a healthcare conference, the CEO of Moderna stated that front-line workers and people 50 and older might need a fourth dose of the vaccine. The Booster shots administered over the last few months will protect those vaccinated through the winter. However, the effectiveness of the booster could dip by fall 2022.
“I will be surprised when we get that data in the coming weeks that it’s holding nicely over time,” Stephane Bancel reportedly told Healthcare CEO Conference 2022 attendees. “I would expect that it’s not going to hold great.” “I still believe we’re going to need boosters in the fall of 2022 and forward,” Bancel added.
A study in Israel discovered that a fourth dose of the Pfizer vaccine increases the antibodies significantly in those who received it. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet said the results of the study showed “a very high likelihood that the fourth dose will protect vaccinated people to a great degree against infection and against severe symptoms.”
Israel started making the second-booster dose available to anyone 60 and older. The individual must have received the last shot more than four months ago. Shockingly, other countries aren’t for the idea of shortening the period between the booster shots. However, other countries are pushing back against the idea of shortening the period between booster shots. “We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months,” said Andrew Pollard, chairman of Britain’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization. “It’s not sustainable or affordable. In the future, we need to target the vulnerable.”
Our World in Data notes that 205 million Americans are fully vaccinated as of Jan.5. According to their data, California is the most inoculated state in the nation, with 66.6% of its population fully vaccinated. In addition, the gap between Blacks and Whites who are vaccinated is closing.
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