Americans will need annual COVID-19 booster shots, but will it end the pandemic?

Americans will likely need an annual COVID-19 booster shot.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says annual COVID-19 booster shots could be necessary.

The concept has been proposed recently by medical experts across the world. Most Americans are eligible for one of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines. Those include Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.

The booster shot could be necessary to combat future variants of COVID-19. The statements come as health experts begin to agree that eradicating COVID-19 is unlikely.

High-profile health officials and experts across the world have pointed to living with the virus.

Health experts say an updated vaccine to combat all COVID-19 variants would be helpful. However, annual booster shots appear imminent for most Americans.

Fauci said more data would be needed to validate annual booster shots. The infectious disease expert added that booster shots every two years could be an alternative.

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