Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, but he is not worried.
“I want to inform you that I have tested positive for #COVID19,” Borla tweeted monday. “I am grateful to have received four doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and I feel well while experiencing very mild symptoms.”
The 60-year-old pharmaceutical executive said he is isolating and treating his infection with Paxlovid, which has been authorized by the FDA for emergency use. Borla further tweeted that the scientific community has made great strides in treating the coronavirus infection that he is hoping for a “speedy” recovery.
“I am incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of our Pfizer partners who worked to make vaccines and treatments available to me and people around the world,” he tweeted.
On August 23, 2021, the FDA formally approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older.
Some on Twitter reacted to Bourla’s message with confusion about how a vaccinated person could still be infected. The CDC states that when someone experiences a “breakthrough infection,” which is the term for a vaccinated person becoming infected, “they are much less likely to experience severe symptoms than those who are not vaccinated.” Huh.”
The virus has also mutated in many forms since it was first seen in late 2019.