Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla revealed during an interview on Wednesday that he believes Americans will eventually need a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as concerns grow regarding the Omicron variant.
Bourla shared the comments during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” with Meg Tirrell and Becky Quick on Wednesday.
“Albert, Israel’s already working on fourth vaccination shots. What, what has it gotten them to that point where they think that that’s necessary and what are the results, the real world results, you’ve seen as, as a result of that?” Quick asked the Pfizer CEO.
“I think we will need the fourth dose. I’ve said that multiple times. With the previous, I was projecting that that will be on 12 months after the third dose,” Bourla answered.
“With Omicron, we need to wait and see because we have very little information. We may need it faster,” he added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is already recommending a third booster shot for all eligible Americans 18 years old and older.
The CDC recommends the current booster shot six months after full vaccination for a person who received the two Moderna or Pfizer shots. Those who received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine are recommended to receive a booster shot after two months.
As the CNBC report noted, Israel is already at work on a fourth booster shot.
“We don’t know when it will happen; I hope very much that it won’t be within six months, like this time, and that the third dose will last for longer,” Israeli Health Ministry Director General Nachman Ash said in an interview with Radio 103FM, according to Bloomberg.
The information comes as a growing number of Americans have concerns regarding the changing requirements with COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine mandates.
The Daily Wire reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a CNN interview on Wednesday that it’s only a matter of time before the definition of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 changes:
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Fauci’s words came in response to a question from CNN host Kate Bolduan who asked, “Is it a matter now of when, not if, the definition of fully vaccinated changes?”
“My own personal opinion, Kate, is what you said is correct. It’s going to be a matter of when, not if,” Fauci answered.
At another point during the interview, Fauci commented, “Right now, Kate, I don’t see that changing tomorrow or next week, but certainly if you want to talk about what optimal protection is, I don’t think that anyone would argue that optimal protection is going to be with a third shot.
“Whether or not it officially gets changed in the definition, I think that’s going to be considered literally on a daily basis. That’s always on the table.”
The discussion continues as many of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates have been paused following multiple lawsuits, including one led by The Daily Wire.
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