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Pfizer CEO Bourla: Covid-19 drug could be available soon, 3rd vaccine dose necessary

A new drug to treat Covid-19 could be available soon, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Friday and reiterated that he is against the vaccines patents waiver. He added that a third dose of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine would be needed and the vaccination should be repeated every year.

Speaking at the Delphi Economic Forum VI in Athens, Bourla said regarding the oral drug to treat Covid-19 “we should be cautious until the end of clinical trials, but the evidence so far is encouraging.”

He added that the substance the company is working on has so far been shown to kill the virus and is very safe. Any safe conclusions about the substance will be available after the summer, he stressed.

As for the vaccine against Covid-19 developed with German drugmaker BioNTech, he said he believes a third dose will be needed within 8 to 12 months after the second dose.

The immunity offer by the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is at least six months, he added, noting that a repeat dose would have to be given each year.

He also said that, so far, the vaccine has been able to treat all emerging mutations.

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10 comments

  1. This is never going to end — in another couple of months they will be saying we need a 4th vaccine — are these people trying to exterminate the world population??? THIS WHOLE BUSINESS IS CRAZY.

  2. Er… Doesn’t sound very confident! Did he mean one dose each extra year, or three doses per year i.e. the full course?
    Plenty of time to change his mind. We’ll wait and see! What else is new?

    • no, he ment every 3 to 6 months, because this is the timeperiod for the imunisation he could garantee. The boss of biontech said the same in an interview a couple of months ago: “imunisation is 3 months for shure, maybe 6 months. But we do our best to improve the vaccine” The german viruloge dr. Drosten stated yesterday in his blog that fully imunisation in germany will be achieved in one and a half year either by vaccination or by infection. Germany is preparing for the 1.refresh in june and the second refresh in late autumn combined with a flu vaccine. In Dr. Drostens opinion this virus will stay forever but will weaken over time. Dr.Drosten is a leading german viruloge, working for the Charité Hospital in Berlin. Notice: we are not even half through the first cycle and the first of us already need a refreshing.

  3. Marcelis Vanmechelen

    It’s all ’bout the money
    It’s all ’bout the dum dum da da dum dum
    I don’t think It’s funny
    To see us fade away
    It’s all ’bout the money
    It’s all ’bout the dum dum da da dum dum
    And I think we got it all wrong anyway

  4. Have you still not understood that this virus can kill you?? What is best, vaccine or die suffocating? And this damned virus are here to stay unless we fight it with all medications possible!
    Btw, there has been tremendous costs for the pharma industry to develop the vaccine so of course they need to get their money back and, also of course, earn a euro or two so that they can develop new necessary and good drugs! Do you really think the pharma industry does it for free? Who would pay for the necessary costs (salaries, material and so forth)????

    • keeptalkinggreece

      I think pharma got funded for the Covid-vaccine

      • You are right, KTG, Pharma got funded to some degree but not fully! And as every business they have to earn a bit more to keep going.

    • I have a daughter, she is a physician, she asked me a few days ago wether I know the downside of intelligence: you know a lot, you understand a lot, you suffer a lot