Pfizer CEO predicts 'we will able to come back to normal life' within a year even with new variants of the coronavirus
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Pfizer's CEO said Sunday the COVID-19 pandemic will likely wane and allow a return to normal life by next year.
He said the COVID-19 virus is likely to evolve and require annual vaccinations.
His remarks are similar to those of Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel last week.
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Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, said on Sunday that he believes life will return to normal within the next year, although new variants of COVID-19 are likely to continue to emerge around the world.
"I agree that within a year I think we'll be able to get back to normal life," Bourla said during an appearance on ABC News' This Week. "I don't think this means there won't be any more variations, and I don't think we should be able to live our lives without vaccinations."
Bourla's comments echo the remarks made last week by Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, who predicted the pandemic would end "in a year".
"If you look at the industry-wide expansion of production capacities in the last six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of next year so that everyone on this earth can be vaccinated," Bancel told the Neue Zürcher Zeitung to Reuters on Thursday.
Bancel said people who did not get vaccinated would "immunize naturally" because the Delta variant is highly transmissible.
“This puts us in a situation similar to that of the flu. Either you get vaccinated and have a good winter added.
Bourla told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he believed COVID-19 would likely require an annual vaccination to combat variants that are popping up around the world.
"The most likely scenario for me - with the virus spread around the world - is that we will keep seeing new varieties hit the market and we will also have vaccines that will last for at least a year," he said. "I think the most likely scenario is annual vaccinations. But we don't know for sure. We'll have to wait for the dates."
The comments come as booster vaccinations become available to millions of eligible Americans.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved Pfizer boosters for people 65 years of age and older and others at high risk for severe COVID-19, including those more likely to get sick due to their health condition and others at high risk of exposure to the virus due to their place of residence and work, as Aria Bendix and Andrea Michelson reported from Insider.
The trend came in the same week that coronavirus deaths in the United States surpassed that of the 1918-1919 pandemic flu.
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