Fauci: Expect annual Covid-19 boosters to become the norm – POLITICO

by | Sep 6, 2022 | COVID-19

The Biden administration’s chief medical adviser gave his most direct prediction to date Monday on the future of Covid-19 vaccines: Expect an annual shot to become the norm.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that, looking forward with the Covid-19 pandemic, in the absence of a dramatically different variant, we likely are moving toward a path with a vaccination cadence similar to that of the annual influenza vaccine, with annual updated Covid-19 shots matched to the currently circulating strains for most of the population,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said during a White House briefing on the disease.

Fauci’s comments are based on data from vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna supporting their booster shot candidates, which the FDA and the CDC endorsed last week — Moderna’s for those 12 and older and Pfizer/BioNTech’s for those 18 and older. Independent advisers to those agencies said last week that data suggest those vaccines — updated to target both the original coronavirus and the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants — could broaden individuals’ immune response to other variants, which could prove …

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