With AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine having lost much of its relevance and the company hinting a week ago that it might get out of the vaccine business altogether, CEO Pascal Soriot is free to shoot from the hip.
Over the weekend, Soriot told The Telegraph that annual COVID booster shots are “not a good use” of taxpayer money in all people.
“People who are otherwise healthy—especially if they are young, have been vaccinated, have had a boost already—boosting them again, I’m just not sure it’s really a good use of resources,” Soriot told the publication.
Pointing to research, Soriot added that healthy people should be protected against severe disease “more than a year, for sure,” and that the benefit could sustain for three or four years.
Boosting the elderly is still a good strategy given that they are more at risk of infection and progressing to a severe form of the virus, the AZ helmsman added.