Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said Sunday that the “goal right now is to stay ahead” of the COVID-19 virus. “We want to boost now so we don’t end up in a vulnerable place,” Walensky told CBS network. “We are working to stay ahead of the virus.” She added “if we can get the amount of transmission down in this country and truly around the world, which we are also working to do, then we are anticipating and hoping that we will not have more mutations that will require more boosting in the future.”
Meanwhile, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Dr. Albert Bourla told ABC network “we are looking forward to be able to vaccinate all these vulnerable people so that we can put an end to this pandemic.” He added that he expects that “within a year, I think we will be able to come back to normal life. “I don’t think that this means that variants will not be continuing coming,” he stressed. “And I don’t think that this means that we should be able to live our lives without having immune, without having vaccinations, basically. But again, remains to be seen. “I think the most likely scenario, it is annual re-vaccinations. But we don’t know really. We need to wait and see the data,” he remarked. On Friday, CDC chief Walensky endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in certain adults and also recommended a booster dose for those “in high risk occupational and institutional settings”.