An ex-FDA commissioner who currently serves on Pfizer’s Board of Directors expressed his belief that taking Covid vaccines may become an “annualized” event that continues indefinitely for many Americans.
“Look, I think this is gonna be an annual vaccine,” said Gottlieb, who served as FDA commissioner from 2017 to 2019. “We’re gonna get away from the lexicon of calling these subsequent doses ‘boosters’ and this will settle into an annual pattern.”
The Pfizer board member went on to note that Moderna and Pfizer are both developing new vaccines specifically designed for the Omicron variant, which may be available for purchase by the U.S. government and medical facilities in the fall of 2022.
Gottlieb then encouraged viewers to “go out and get the booster now with the expectation that you’re probably going to get another dose heading into the fall,” as CNBC displayed the stock prices for various vaccine makers onscreen.
Former FDA commissioner & Pfizer board member @ScottGottliebMD suggests making Covid “vaccines” an annual event.
“I would go out and get [a booster] now with the expectation that you’re probably going to get another dose heading into the fall” pic.twitter.com/Gakzw4MBdA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 8, 2022
“This will become an annual vaccine, because we’ll only really need to contend with this in the fall and the winter, so you’ll get your shot in the fall, and you’ll be protected for at least six months, hopefully wityh reformulated vaccines for longer than that,” Gottlieb stated.
During a February interview with CBS, Gottlieb said the Covid vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer are “likely to become an annualized vaccine for the majority of Americans,” and, “I think for those who are vulnerable, you should think about getting a shot every six months while we’re in a high-prevalent environment and in fact, the shots are authorized for that use.”
“One way, masking, does work even if everyone else isn’t wearing a mask,” Gottlieb added. “If you’re wearing a high quality mask, you’re going to get a good degree of protection from that. A lot of people continue to wear masks.”