Ex-FDA chief: COVID jabs could become as common as flu shots

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Former FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn told Nerdshala that Americans may eventually need annual COVID vaccination boosters, though admits that’s his “best guess” for now.

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why it matters: COVID jabs can be as routine as flu shots.

  • He says a major factor will be the level of virulence of the virus as it mutates.
  • “What I find interesting with Omicron is that there are some early and encouraging results of this type of people not getting particularly sick,” Hahn explains. “Viruses often mutate to survive, but fewer virions become during that mutation, so what we’re seeing may be … instead of getting a booster every six months, it’s once a year.” It is possible.”

Post-FDA: Hahn, an oncologist by training, was named CEO of Harbinger Health this week, which is seeking to develop a simple blood test to detect cancer very early.

  • Harbinger is a portfolio company of the venture capital firm Flagship Pioneering, known for building and funding Moderna. Hahn joined the flagship over the summer as the head of its preemptive medicine and health protection initiatives.
  • He says his patients will always want to know about the origins of their cancer, and that Harbinger attempts to reverse that question.


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