On Monday, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel spoke with Yahoo Finance’s Anjalee Khemlani at the 2022 Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit.
During the course of their discussion, Bancel admitted that COVID-19 is going to be very similar to the seasonal flu. He also suggested that persons aged 50 and older as well as those who are in vulnerable categories should consider receiving a booster shot.
Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel compares COVID-19 to the seasonal flu and believes young, healthy people should decide for themselves if they want an annual booster. Bancel maintains, that older people 50+, and those in vulnerable categories should definitely consider a booster shot. pic.twitter.com/7QowinbkMq
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Dr. Paul Offit, MD, a top vaccine expert and FDA adviser has warned last month that there is insufficient evidence to recommend the new booster shot for healthy young adults and said it could carry risks.
Dr. Offit: “When you’re asking people to get a vaccine, I think there has to be clear evidence of benefit. And we’re not going to have clinical studies, obviously, before this launches, but you’d like to have at least human data on people getting this vaccine. You see a clear and dramatic increase in neutralizing antibiotics, and then at least you have a correlate of protection against BA4, BA5. Because if you don’t have that, if there’s not clear evidence of benefit, then it’s not fair [to ask people to take a risk]. The benefits should be clear