Pfizer says pandemic could last until 2024 as it tests 3-dose vaccine course for kids

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Global News – Pfizer Inc. on Friday forecast that the COVID-19 pandemic would not be behind us until 2024 and said a lower-dose version of its vaccine for 2- to 4-year-olds generated a weaker immune response than expected, potentially delaying authorization.

Pfizer Chief Scientific Officer Mikael Dolsten said in a presentation to investors that the company expects some regions to continue to see pandemic levels of COVID-19 cases over the next year or two. Other countries will transition to “endemic” with low, manageable caseloads during that same time period.

By 2024, the disease should be endemic around the globe, the company projected.

COVID-19 vaccines for kids

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized in the United States for people age 5 and older. But it said on Friday that its study in children between the ages of 2 and 4 who were given two 3-microgram doses of the vaccine found it did not create the same immune response that a larger dose of the vaccine had in older children.

The 3-microgram dose did generate a similar immune response in children aged 6 to 24 months, the company said.

The company said it will now test a three-dose course in both age groups, as well as in older children. It had previously expected data from 2- to 4-year-olds this year but said it did not expect the delay would meaningfully change plans to file for emergency use authorization in the second quarter of 2022.

Pfizer and BioNTech have also been developing a version of their vaccine tailored to combat the quick-spreading Omicron variant, although they have not decided whether it will be needed. They expect to start a clinical trial for the updated vaccine in January, Pfizer executives said.

The highly-transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in over 77 countries and has spread to about one-third of U.S. states.

The vaccine was around 95% effective in the adult clinical trial, but Pfizer has said that immunity wanes some months after the second dose. Early data suggests that three doses of the shot may be necessary to protect against the Omicron variant.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. As far as Pfizer is concerned, the plandemic should never end. Pfizer recently purchase the pharmaceutical company Arena for $6.7 billion in cash. The medicines that will be needed for the vaccine induced problems (that’s coming), will be brought to you by Pfizer.
    #autoimmunediseases

    Will Event 201 end in 2024?

  2. And of course this updated version of their vax will be given full legal immunity, unlike the one they just got approved

  3. To all the critical thinkers and those who do research continue to spread the truth, because this is a war between good and evil,

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