IT NEVER ENDS: Israeli official says SEVEN shots may be needed to protect against COVID
A health official in Israel claimed that people may need seven shots
of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. He argued that with new COVID variants emerging, the need for vaccines will continue.
Arnon Afek, a member of the Israeli Ministry of Health
's (MOH) vaccination advisory committee, announced the need for more COVID-19 booster doses
on Dec. 6.
"Those who think we won't need to take more boosters are wrong. We will need to take the fourth shot, the fifth shot, the sixth shot and the seventh shot," Afek said. "As long as the pandemic continues in places like Africa where only [a] few are vaccinated, new variants of COVID-19 will develop and the need to protect against them with vaccines will continue."
The official's comments followed plans by Israel to prepare for a fourth round
of COVID-19 vaccinations. MOH Director-General Nachman Ash said on Sept. 12 that the country is making preparations to ensure sufficient vaccine booster doses are available.
"We don't know when it will happen. I hope very much that it won't be within six months like this time, and that the third dose will last for longer," Ash told Radio 103FM
Despite Israel's mass vaccination program using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, the country still saw a rise in COVID-19 cases driven by the B16172 delta variant. Nevertheless, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla emphasized the need for repeated vaccinations
"If we have to make a guess based on everything I have seen so far, I would say that likely, we'd be needing annual re-vaccinations to maintain very robust and very, very high levels of protection," Bourla told BBC
medical editor Fergus Walsh in an interview.
BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin described booster shots as necessary
to protect against the B11529 omicron variant. "The answer for that is, in our eyes, very clear: The data that we have indicates the value of a third dose. The best [way] to ensure better protection is to have a booster shot," he said. Sahin's company partnered with Pfizer to develop the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
Need for booster shots may never end
Calls for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are nothing new, as some health professionals have recommended more than two doses
to maintain so-called vaccine-induced immunity.
Biomedical analyst Matti Salberg of the Karolinska Institutet
in Sweden said people who get injected with two COVID-19 vaccine doses may not have enough protection and proposed as many as five booster shots
for immunity. He suggested "recurring shots" to ensure continued protection against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
"After receiving the second dose, the immune response slowly subsides. Within a year, many may have lost their protection. We do not know yet, but if you get a third dose, it will be activated again." Salberg said. "Biology says that a fading immune response is not unlikely. Then it's time for a third, fourth, maybe fifth dose." (Related: Swedish professor: People will need FIVE vaccine doses for immunity, and if you don't submit, you'll no longer qualify as "fully vaccinated"
"We don't know how long the vaccine protects against serious illness and death. This means that you pick the safe before the unsafe," he added.
Even White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has promoted boosters. The infectious disease doctor defended the Biden administration's decision to recommend COVID-19 booster shots, saying that people who get three vaccine doses
will be considered "fully vaccinated."
"I would not at all be surprised that the adequate, full regimen for vaccination will likely be three doses," Fauci said during a September 2021 White House briefing. (Related: Fauci says 3 shots needed for "full vaccination," while the double-vaxxed will LOSE their vaccine passports
owner and editor Paul Joseph Watson commented on the calls for continued booster shots. "Given that some African countries like Eritrea have vaccinated precisely nobody, that's basically gonna be forever. This, of course, will be terrible news for Pfizer – who [has] already reluctantly made $35 billion in record profit from the existing vaccines," he said.
"But why stop at seven jabs? Why only make it annual? Why not make a monthly vaccination a condition of being allowed to go outside? Here's a better idea: Why not have vaccination centers attached to the front of all supermarkets and make weekly jabs a mandatory condition of being allowed to buy food?"
"If you think that sounds too far-fetched, bear in mind that in the space of about 20 months, we've gone from 'Please wash your hands' to 'If you step outside your balcony in the COVID camp, you'll be fined $5,000 and arrested.'"
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