The CEO of Pfizer has tried to appease vaccine skeptics with an idea of Covid-19 booster shots only once a year – instead of every few months – all while attacking the most vocal anti-vaxxers as “criminals” who “profit from circulating misinformation.”
In a series of interviews with Israeli TV channels, Albert Bourla said it would “not be a good scenario” if people were to get boosters every four to five months. “What I’m hoping [is] that we will have a vaccine that you will have to do once a year,” he told Channel 12 news on Saturday.
Bourla argued that it is both easier to sell the idea and “easier for people to remember” if a vaccine is required only once per year, calling it “an ideal situation” from “a public health perspective.”
Once a year it is easier to convince people to do it
“We are looking to see if we can create a vaccine that covers Omicron and doesn’t forget the other variants and that could be a solution,” the CEO added, indicating that such a vaccine could be mass produced from March.
In a separate interview with Channel 13 news, Bourla admitted there was a “sizable minority” of people who are hesitant to take the vaccine. Within this group, the pharma giant’s CEO – who earned over $21 million in 2020 alone – singled out “a tiny minority of people who profit from circulating misinformation,” fiercely attacking them as “criminals.”
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