This is when you need your next COVID-19 shot
Now that more and more people in the US are receiving their COVID-19 vaccines, a large percentage of the population is wondering whether they will be done with the virus forever or if their immunity will eventually wane. All evidence points to the latter.
MD Özlem Türeci, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of BioNTech, thinks it is very likely that most people will need to be vaccinated annually.
In an interview with CNBC, Türeci said the COVID-19 injection will likely be like a flu shot. “We see evidence of this in the induced, but also in the natural immune response to SARS-CoV-2. We also see this decrease in immune responses in people who have just been infected and therefore [it’s] also to be expected with the vaccines. “
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Moderna and Pzifer vaccines are highly effective in containing the spread of the virus and have protective effects of around 91% and 95%, respectively. There isn’t enough data to say how long this will take, but thanks to preliminary data and over a year they lived with the virus, experts know the vaccines will last for at least six months.
“We are investigating the durability of the antibody response,” said David Kessler, chief science officer of Biden’s COVID response, during a press conference at the White House. “It seems strong, but that’s wearing off a bit, and no doubt the variants are challenging … they make these vaccines work harder. I think for planning purposes, for planning purposes only, we should expect that we may need to step up. “
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New strains of the virus are worrying hospitals and people, changing the makeup of the virus and increasing its spread. However, there is no reason to believe that the vaccine will not be as effective for an altered version of the virus if it is 95% effective at inhibiting the spread of the original virus strain. mRNA vaccines like Moderna and Pzifer have a lot to offer when it comes to combating virus variation. You will be able to adapt more easily in the future and take into account other symptoms of the disease.