Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky speaks during an event at the South Court auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office on March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky reiterated on Wednesday that people are likely to need to receive additional doses of Covid-19 in addition to the annual flu vaccine for the next “several years”.
People will need to receive Covid’s boosted injections until herd immunity is achieved globally and world leaders and scientists are able to limit the spread of highly contagious variants, Gorsky said during a Wall Health Journal conference.
“We could look at this labeling along with the flu vaccine, probably in the next few years,” he said, referring to Covid vaccines.
His comment comes a day after U.S. health officials called on Americans to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India, across the country.
Unlike the J&J vaccine, only one injection is needed Pfizerov i Modern’s Covid vaccines, which currently require two doses three to four weeks apart. All three vaccines have been shown to be very effective against Covid, although executives now say they expect strong protection to fade over time.
As a result, most drug manufacturers and some scientists now say people will probably need an extra injection of Covid vaccine and possibly an extra injection each year, just like for seasonal flu.
BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin he told CNBC in a recent interview that the researchers recorded a decline in antibody responses to the virus after eight months.
Gorsky has previously stated that people will probably need to film Covid annually.
During a journalistic event on Wednesday, Gorsky said the company is looking for new partners as it develops vaccines that target variants.