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Here’s What Experts Say About The Need For Yearly Covid Jabs

The UK government has ordered 114 million new doses of the Covid vaccine to be delivered in 2022 and 2023. That’s 60 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 54 million of Pfizer/BioNTech. These vaccines aren’t part of the booster programme but for potential vaccine rounds in winter 2022 and beyond.

This comes after the head of Pfizer suggested Covid vaccines will be needed well into the future. “Based on everything I have seen so far, I would say that annual vaccinations… are likely to be needed to maintain a very robust and very high level of protection,” Pfizer chief executive Dr Albert Bourla told the BBC.

Dr Bourla continued by saying that without vaccines the “fundamental structure of our society would be threatened”.

Both of the vaccines on order, Moderna and Pfizer, are mRNA vaccines, which teach our cells how to produce protein that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. This immune response then creates antibodies that protect us from getting infected if we catch the real virus.

Following trials by the CovBoost study, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for booster jabs, and it’s likely this would be the case for yearly vaccines, too.




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