One of the scientists behind the exploratory coronavirus vaccine formulated by BioNTech and Pﬁzer asserted on Sunday that he was conﬁdent it could dissect the transmission of the virus, resulting in a “dramatic” curb of the virus’ expanse.
Professor Ugur Sahin, chief executive of BioNTech, explained it was “absolutely essential” to have an elevated vaccination percentage prior to upcoming autumn to secure a retrieval to normal life next winter.
“If everything continues to go well, we will start to deliver the vaccine end of this year, beginning next year,” Mr Sahin said. “Our goal is to deliver more than300 million vaccine doses until April next year, which could allow us to already start to make an impact.”
“I’m very conﬁdent that transmission between people will be reduced by such a highly eﬀective vaccine — maybe not 90% but maybe 50%- but we should not forget that even that could result in a dramatic reduction of the pandemic spread,” he said. “I am probably the first guy to say that, but I will say that with some confidence,” he said.
Pﬁzer and BioNTech said last week that provisional findings revealed the vaccine was 90% eﬀective in thwarting people from reaping sick from COVID19, though they don’t yet have adequate evidence on safety and manufacturing integrity. “What is essential is that we get a high vaccination rate before autumn/winter next year…,” he said.
He said the goal was to deliver more than 300 million doses worldwide by next April, which “could allow us to only start to make an impact”. He said the bigger impact would happen later, adding: “summer will help us because the infection rate will go down in the summer and what is absolutely essential is that we get a high vaccination rate until or before autumn/winter next year.”