Virus will be here for years but this may be last wave with restrictions

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Pfizer CEO Albert Borla speaks at a ceremony in Thessaloniki, Greece on October 12, 2021. (AP Photo / Giannis Papanikos, file)

While Pfizer CEO Albert Baurla said Monday that while the “most likely scenario” is that the coronavirus will be transmitted for many years, he believes the current wave of infections will be the last to require sanctions.

Bourla gave an interview to the French medium BFM. TV in memory of the announcement of an investment package by a pharmaceutical company in France. Baurla also spoke about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine, saying he believes people will still need booster shots. “It’s important that people get a Pfizer three-dose system. They will need a coronavirus vaccine and possibly annual booster shots, although people with the immune system may need it every four months,” Bourla said.

“They need to be vaccinated to protect children. Its effectiveness in children is very, very, very good. Baurla also said that the company’s anti-covid pill, Paxlovid, is” changing everything “as a new way to fight serious illnesses. Said its Paxlovid pill has reduced hospital admissions and deaths among vulnerable people by about 90 percent.

In an interview, Bourla said the company was working on a plan to invest 520 million euros ($ 593.7 million) in France over the next five years, including a partnership with French company Novassep to develop an anti-inflammatory treatment – COVID tablets.

France, like many other countries, is facing a record number of infections due to highly contagious Omicron variants. The French parliament on Sunday passed a law banning vaccinated people in all restaurants, sports stadiums and other places, at the center of the government’s efforts to protect hospitals. In the middle of the wave.

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron hopes the move will be enough to limit the number of patients filling up stress-ridden hospitals across the country without resorting to new lockdowns.

More than 76% of French ICU beds are occupied by patients with the virus, most of them unvaccinated, and about 200 people with the virus die every day. Like many countries, France is in the grip of the Omicron variant, recording more than 2,800 positive cases per 100,000 people in the past week.

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