Moderna CEO Bancel says people may need another COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in fall of 2022
A health worker from the nonprofit organisation Voces hands out syringes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on trays at a drive-in vaccination site in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Jan 4, 2022. (File photo: Reuters/Ricardo Arduengo)
The efficacy of boosters against COVID-19 is likely to decline over the next few months, and people may need another shot in the fall of 2022, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said at a Goldman Sachs-organised healthcare conference on Thursday (Jan 6).
Bancel said that the company is working on a vaccine candidate tailored to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, but is unlikely to be available in the next two months.
“I still believe we’re going to need boosters in the fall of ’22 and forward,” Bancel said.
His comments on needing a fourth shot come on the back of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett citing a study on Tuesday that a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine boosts antibodies five-fold a week after the shot is administered.
Moderna, which benefits by repeat inoculations, during its third quarter earnings results said that commercial booster market sales could be up to US$2 billion in the United States in 2022.