The CEO of the first company to win approval for a COVID-19 vaccine said Monday that he hopes the virus will be “controlled” by annual vaccinations and pills to treat illness when people get sick.
Albert Bourla, head of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, said on CNBC that annual COVID shots could become the norm, just like yearly flu shots.
“We will have perfectly normal lives, with just injection maybe once a year. And the pill in case we are sick will make it more flu like rather than life-threatening disease,” he said.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer’s COVID treatment pill late last year, but so far it is not widely available.
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An endemic virus cannot be controlled. The common cold is endemic. The annual flu is endemic. Now, this virus and its continuing mutations are endemic.
The profits, however, can be maximized.