vaccine will protect “at least a year”, says BioNTech

The coronavirus vaccine may well arrive faster than expected. The director of BioNTech assured Thursday, November 19 that the authorization and distribution of the serum could take place before the end of the year. He also said that it should be effective over time.

As clinical trials continue, Ugur Sahin said he was “very confident” in the safety of the vaccine. The question of the acceptance of a vaccine by the populations, in a context of growing mistrust, is one of the questions that will arise for the authorities. Another question: the duration of the protection conferred by an injection. “Reasonably, I would say that the vaccine will protect for at least a year, if not much longer“, he said.

If “all actors including governments, pharmaceutical companies and the supply chain do a good job, we can immunize 60% to 70% of the population by winter 2021“, noted Ugur Sahin.” If we get there, we will be able to have a normal winter, without new confinement, “added the scientist, co-founder of BioNTech. The two companies behind the vaccine have already signed several contracts. , especially with the European Union and the United States. They are currently discussing “with 30 countries”.

The laboratories also speak with “several organizations”, including United Nations, with the objective of “making the vaccine available all over the world” and reducing its cost for make it accessible to poor countries.

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