🇺🇸💉@COVID19Up: Moderna’s CEO compared COVID-19 vaccines to iPhones this week and he was not joking. He said you’ll need to get a new version of a vaccine with updated mRNA each year just like you need to upgrade your smartphone with “new apps.”
Stéphane Bancel told CNN that he predicts the world will see a once-a-year vaccine in the coming years that protects against all variants of SARS-COV-2, the flu, or any other prevalent viruses—all in one shot.
“We think we can put in a single product a lot of mRNAs, taking care of all of those viruses. And that’s once a year. You should be able to get an annual booster, a single dose, that has, in the vial, all those mRNAs for all those viruses that are, of course, adapted to the strain of a season like flu, like COVID strain, and so on,” Bencel told CNN.
He compared the potential new shot to an iPhone, noting how a lot of consumers opt to buy a new smartphone every September with “new apps.”
“That is exactly the same idea, which is, you’ll get COVID and flu and RSV in your single dose. And you’ll get what’s the best science of the moment to protect you for the strain circulating now and in the fall, winter,” Bencel claimed.
“That’s why I did the kind of iPhone analogy, which is, you don’t get the amazing camera, amazing everything the first time you get an iPhone. But you get a lot of things already,” he said.