Comparing Covid Vaccines to iPhone

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According to CNN Business reporting, one of the popular Covid-19 vaccine maker Moderna is is hoping to develop a “single-dose annual booster” vaccine with “three to five years” that would reportedly cover the Coronavirus, the flu and other common respiratory viruses.

In an interview with CNN Business, its CEO Stéphane Bancel reportedly told “as Covid-19 continues to mutate, Moderna will need to keep updating the vaccines that turned it into a global household name while trying to make it more convenient for consumers”. During the interview, the CEO reportedly compare the development of Covid vaccines with smartphone development.

You don’t get the amazing camera, amazing everything the first time you get an iPhone, but you get a lot of things. A lot of us buy a new iPhone every September, and you get new apps and you get refreshed apps. And that’s exactly the same idea, which is you’ll get Covid and flu and RSV [respiratory syncytial virus] in your single dose.

– Stéphane Bancel, CEO Moderna (source: CNN Business)

CEO Bancel told CNN “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.”

“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,” CEO Bencel explained to CNN during the interview.

“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,” Bancel added.

According to CNN, Moderna is also reportedly planning to setup additional manufacturing plants in the South & North Asia.