Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel on the need for a new booster to protect from COVID-19 come the fall and winter seasons.
STEPHANE BANCEL: So, in our discussion with the US government from the different agencies, CDC, FDA, HHS, and so on, it is very clear that people believe, like we do, that because of waning immunity and because of new variants emerging and being more and more infectious, is going to be critical to protect people in the fall and winter, that the vaccines are not going to help efficacy wise for people who got boosted last November or December or January.
And so they believe there needs to be a new booster. And they also believe that what we have as an omicron containing booster, which is a bivalent risk in the vaccine being tested in a clinic, which was sort of a date set for in June, hoping for an authorization in the August timeframe to be able to stock the channel. That's what they want. And it's really a problem of m not of desire of getting the product.