Officials at the White House said on Tuesday that vaccines against COVID-19 would most likely become a yearly event, with a timetable similar to that of flu vaccines.
At a White House briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “In the absence of a dramatically different variant, we are likely moving towards a path with a vaccination cadence similar to that of the annual influenza vaccine, with annual updated COVID-19 shots matched to the currently circulating strains for most of the population.”
According to Dr. Fauci and Ashish Jha, who is in charge of coordinating the White House’s response to COVID-19, the explanation for this assumption has to do with the enhanced protection provided by the newly updated Covid booster shots.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agreed on Thursday to endorse revised versions of both the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccination boosters. This clears the way for a wider deployment that may begin as soon as next week.