Modern CEO warns 5. COVID booster on the way; CDC changes definition of ‘fully vaccinated’

By Sandra Rose |

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Modern CEO warns that Americans may need a 5th mRNA booster shot in the fall, as previous boosters lose effectiveness.

Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, spoke at a Goldman Sachs conference on healthcare professionals on Thursday, reported.

Bancel said a 5th mRNA booster is needed in the fall because 3rd and 4th booster shots given in the fall “would not hold up well”.

“I still think we’ll need boosters in the fall of 22 and beyond,” Bancel said.

He said a vaccine under development to combat the mild Omicron variant will not be ready in the next few months.

Bancel added that the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions, may need annual booster shots for the rest of their lives.

“We have said that we first believe that this virus will not go away,” Bancel said.

“We’ll have to live with it.”

In related news, CDC changed the definition of “fully vaccinated” to “up to date”.

“We now recommend that individuals stay abreast of additional doses to which they are entitled,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

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Tags: CDC, Covid booster shot, COVID-19, Modern, mRNA vaccines, Rochelle Walensky


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