Moderna CEO advises a booster 3rd vaccine shot to protect against COVID
Moderna CEO, Stéphane Bancel , said that Covid vaccine with a booster shot given to as many people as possible is a good way to protect those most at risk against ever-emerging new coronavirus variants.
“We believe that our vaccine will be effective for a comparable period, except that the arrival of variants increases the threat level. This is why we must anticipate and vaccinate all people at risk with a third dose by the end of the summer, in particular the residents of nursing homes who received their first dose at the beginning of the year,” Bancel told French newspaper Journal Du Dimanche.
He suggested that the way to protect the “fragile unvaccinated people” all adults and adolescents must receive a further third jab.
Bancel warned that there could be a fourth COVID-19 wave in France if the vaccines were delayed by three or even two months.
Moderna is now testing three different booster strategies, he said. The first is against the original Wuhan strain. The second is against the South Africa strain and the third is a combination of both. The effectiveness of these three boosters is later on measured on the four variants.
Moderna is planning to launch a study on people in early June. It aims to get approval from regulatory agencies by September this year.
Moderna vaccine in France
Starting May 28, the Moderna vaccine will be joining AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson in French pharmacies and general practitioners offices. Around 300,000 doses of the vaccine will be available in pharmacies weekly. The arrival of Moderna in French pharmacies is expected to make the vaccine more accessible to all. This will help with a speedier vaccination progress in the country. The vaccine itself can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.
So far, about 90 million people have been inoculated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine globally.
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