People are likely to need annual Covid vaccines for many years to come, said BBC head of Pfizer.
Dr. Albert Bourla said he thought it was necessary to maintain a “very high level of protection.”
The United Kingdom has ensured that 114 million additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be administered over the next two years.
A year ago, the United Kingdom was the first country to authorize the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
How worrying is the new variant of Covid? Will our vaccines continue to work against Covid variants? The managing director of Pfizers spoke ahead of the appearance of the Omicron variant, which was first identified in South Africa, and also the announcement that the UK government had signed contracts to purchase the additional 54 million Pfizer BioNTech and 60 million cans of Moderna by 2022 and 2023.
These agreements include access to modified vaccines if necessary to combat Omicron and variants of future problems, the Department of Health said.
Dr. Bourla said that Pfizer had already produced updated vaccines in response to beta, which was also first identified in South Africa, and Delta, which was first identified in India, variants but was not necessary.
The company is now working on an updated jab in response to the Omicron variant, which could be ready in 100 days.
He said vaccines helped save millions of lives during the pandemic, and without them, the “basic structure of our society would be threatened”
By the end of the year, Pfizer expects to have administered three billion doses of its messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccine, with four billion destined next time is planned the year.
There has been a global race to protect protected people, Dr. Bourla said, but by 2022, countries will have “as many cans as they need.”
Several global charities see the money that Pfizer, BioNTech, and Moderna are earning from the pandemic as immoral.
Pfizer will generate at least $35 billion in Covid vaccine sales this year and has seen a rise in price.
But while most people in the world have now had at least one Covid hit, it’s less than one in 20 people in parts of Africa. Many people in Africa were still not vaccinated.
Dr. Bourla did not apologize for making a profit and said, “The bottom line is that millions of lives have been saved.”
He continued: “We have saved the world economy billions of dollars.
“It’s a strong incentive to innovate for the next pandemic.
“But people will see that there is also a financial reward for coming to the game to bring something that saves lives and saves money.”
He denied speculators — he said jab is the “cost to go” for richer countries but sold to low-income non-profit countries — but accepted that rich countries like Britain had placed orders early and availability was limited at first.
The Pfizer vaccine needed to be stored at -70 °C and was difficult to use in countries with limited health services.
But within a month, Pfizer says it will launch a new vaccine formulation that can be stored in a refrigerator for three months, which, according to Dr. Bourla, would make a “big difference” for countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Pfizer has also developed an antiviral pill, Paxlovid, which reduces hospital admissions and deaths by nearly 90% in trials.
It should be approved in the U.S. In short, and the UK government has agreed to buy enough for 250,000 patients.
Pfizer is also conducting studies on the COVID vaccine among five people.
And in October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s jab for children aged five to 11.
It would be a good idea to vaccinate this age group in the UK and Europe said Dr. Bourla.
“Covid is thriving in schools,” he said.
“This significantly disrupts the education system and there are children who will have severe symptoms.
“So I have no doubt that the benefits are totally in favor.”
The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines have now almost completely taken over the Oxford AstraZeneca jab developed in the United Kingdom.
And Dr. Bourla had a strong message for those who didn’t want vaccines.
“For those who are only afraid, love is the only emotion of people who are stronger than fear,” he said.
“That’s why I always use this argument that choosing another vaccine will not only affect your health, but will also affect the health of others and, especially, the health of the people you love most because you will interact with them.
“So take the courage to overcome your fears and do the right thing.”
He was the target of fake and strange news claiming that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him for fraud and that his wife died of the consequences of the Pfizer vaccine, none of which are true.
“Of course, on the first news that I was arrested by the FBI, I laughed,” he said.
“In the second message that my wife died with a picture of her, I was really [angry].
“I was worried about my kids, so I tried to call them and couldn’t call my son on the phone.
“What we’ve been through is nothing compared to the lives that will be lost because of the garbage these people put in because people are really going to think that my wife died from the vaccine… and it’s okay, it’s wonderful.”