Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, who helped develop the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, warns that endless rounds of booster shots are not the answer and that “we can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months.”
The comments were made by Pollard, chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), during an interview with the London Telegraph.
Pollard asserted that pursuing a ‘zero COVID’ policy of no infections was foolish and that “at some point, society has to open up.”
The professor demanded to see stronger evidence before throwing his support behind a fourth round of vaccines, stating, “It depends if your goal is to stop all infections, but that is wrong. The goal is to prevent severe disease and protect health systems around the world.”
Pollard said that booster shots should be focused on the vulnerable, adding, “We can’t vaccinate the planet every four to six months. It’s not sustainable or affordable.”
Noting that Omicron has proven to be significantly less severe than previous variants, Pollard thinks, “The worst is absolutely behind us, we just need to get through the winter.”
He also stated that he was “not a huge fan” of mandatory vaccination schemes, particularly in the UK, where such a program would be “inappropriate.”
Pollard’s remarks may make grim reading for pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer, which thanks to its rollout of COVID vaccines saw its earnings surge 133% from a year earlier to $7.7 billion, with revenue up 134% at $24.1 billion.