Children in the United States will more likely be eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines before the end of this year or the first quarter of 2022, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, who spoke at a conference on Wednesday (May 19).
The United States approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and collaborator BioNTech in adolescents aged 12 and up earlier this month.
Fauci also mentioned the need for a COVID-19 booster shot about a year after receiving the primary shot.
“I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so after getting the primary because the durability protection against coronavirus is generally not lifelong similar to measles,” he said.
At the case, Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said that booster shots would most likely be needed between 8 and 12 months. Bourla told CNBC in April that people would “likely” require a third booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines over the next 12 months.
Scientists, on the other hand, are sceptical of the need for COVID-19 booster shots, citing a shortage of evidence to make an educated decision.
There has been substantial progress in maintaining vaccination equality, according to Fauci, who emphasises that the vaccines should be available in geographical areas readily accessible to minorities as a lesson for the next pandemic.