“Many variants are coming, and Omicron was the primary one which was in a position to evade — in a skillful manner — the immune safety that we’re giving,” Bourla advised CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“The safety we’re getting from the third (dose) it’s ok — truly fairly good for hospitalizations and deaths,” Bourla mentioned.
However safety after three doses is “not that good in opposition to infections” and “does not final very lengthy” when confronted with a variant like Omicron.
“It’s obligatory, a fourth (dose) for proper now,” Bourla advised CBS.
Anybody ages 18 and up who obtained the two-dose Moderna vaccine ought to get a booster shot six months after the second dose, in line with the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
And anybody who obtained the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine ought to get a booster shot after two months, the CDC mentioned.
Nevertheless it’s not clear if or when the US Meals and Drug Administration would possibly authorize a fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine for wholesome teenagers and adults.
“We’re simply submitting these information to the FDA, after which we’ll see what the consultants additionally would say exterior Pfizer,” Bourla advised CBS.
Youngsters underneath 5 would possibly quickly be capable to get vaccinated
And children underneath age 5 should not but eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine — although that might change this spring, Bourla mentioned.
Pfizer ought to have information on its three-dose vaccine trial for kids ages 6 months to five years by April, Bourla advised CBS on Sunday.
If approved by the FDA and really helpful by the CDC, Covid-19 vaccines for kids ages 6 months to five years would possibly begin as early as Might, Bourla mentioned.
A shot at a longer-lasting vaccine in opposition to all variants
Pfizer and Moderna have mentioned they’re engaged on a vaccine that will particularly defend in opposition to the Omicron variant. It is not clear but if one is required.
Bourla mentioned Pfizer can also be hoping to make a vaccine that can defend in opposition to Omicron and all different variants of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes Covid-19.
The aim is to create “one thing that may defend for at the very least a 12 months,” Bourla advised CBS on Sunday.
“And if we’re in a position to obtain that, then I believe it is vitally simple to observe and keep in mind in order that we are able to return to essentially the best way (we) used to dwell,” he mentioned.
CNN’s Jacqueline Howard contributed to this report.