Pfizer predicts 2nd booster shot in early 2022 to protect against so far, mild omicron variant

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This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci said America will soon change the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ to include those people with their first round of vaccinations, plus a booster shot. Less than a day after making that claim, Pfizer announced those who took that company’s vaccines could need a second booster shot to deal with the more contagious, but so far less dangerous omicron variant.

In a statement, Pfizer said a fourth shot might soon be needed in order to become fully vaccinated and protected from the new COVID-19 variant.

“Results from an initial laboratory study demonstrating that serum antibodies induced by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (BNT162b2) neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant after three doses. Sera obtained from vaccinees one month after receiving the booster vaccination (third dose of BNT162b2 vaccine) neutralized the Omicron variant to levels that are comparable to those observed for the wild-type SARS-CoV-2 spike protein after two doses,” the company said.

The company warned that the third dose ‘could’ still offer a sufficient level of protection to get through this winter, but said a new omicron-focused vaccination in 2022 would boost protection against that variant.

“Our preliminary, first dataset indicates that a third dose could still offer a sufficient level of protection from disease of any severity caused by the Omicron variant,” said Ugur Sahin, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder of BioNTech. “Broad vaccination and booster campaigns around the world could help us to better protect people everywhere and to get through the winter season. We continue to work on an adapted vaccine which, we believe, will help to induce a high level of protection against Omicron-induced COVID-19 disease as well as prolonged protection compared to the current vaccine.”

The announcement of a fourth vaccination for patients under the Pfizer regimen comes just hours after Dr. Anthony Fauci said America will soon change the definition of fully vaccinated, causing concern that in 2022, ‘fully vaccinated’ could mean a person with four COVID-19 doses in their body in just one year.

With omicron cases growing in India, that country is reporting that of the 21 cases, nearly all of them involve sore throat, weakness and cold-like symptoms only.

“All the cases have reported mild symptoms,” the Times of India reported. “The 37-year-old man, who was admitted to the hospital on December 2, had a sore throat, weakness, and body ache, according to reports.”

So far, there has not been a single reported death from the omicron variant globally.

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported Pfizer has made $3.5 billion off the COVID-19 pandemic and their vaccines. Bloomberg predicts Pfizer will make $35 billion off the sale of their COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.

“New figures from the Peoples Vaccine Alliance reveal that the companies behind two of the most successful COVID-19 vaccines —Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna— are making combined profits of $65,000 every minute. The figures based on the latest company reports are released as CEOs from pharmaceutical industry meet for the annual STAT summit —the equivalent of a ‘Big Pharma Davos’— from 16-18 November,” reported the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Based on company financial statements, the Alliance estimates that Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna will make pre-tax profits of $34 billion this year between them, which works out as over a thousand dollars a second, $65,000 a minute or $93.5 million a day. The monopolies these companies hold have produced five new billionaires during the pandemic, with a combined net wealth of $35.1 billion.”

“Contrary to what Pfizer’s CEO says, the real nonsense is claiming the experience and expertise to develop and manufacture life-saving medicines and vaccines does not exist in developing countries. This is just a false excuse that pharmaceutical companies are hiding behind to protect their astronomical profits,” Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s Health Policy Manager said. “It is also a complete failure of government to allow these companies to maintain monopoly control and artificially constrain supply in the midst of a pandemic while so many people in the world are yet to be vaccinated.”

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