Coronavirus vaccine scientist: ‘We could have a normal winter next year’
One of the scientists behind the coronavirus vaccine that has been found to be 90 percent effective said that “if everything continues to go well … we could have a normal winter next year.”
BioNTech co-founder Uğur Şahin told that “this winter will be hard” and the vaccine “will not have a big impact on the infection numbers.” But he said that “if everything continues to go well,” the goal is to deliver more than 300 million doses of the vaccine before “April next year, which could allow us to already start to make an impact.”
He added that “what is absolutely essential is that we get a high vaccination rate before autumn/winter next year … so all the vaccination and immunization approaches must be accomplished before next autumn — and I’m confident that this will happen because a number of vaccine companies are helping us to increase the supply — so that we could have a normal winter next year.
BioNTech and Pfizer confirmed that they had completed a deal for the European Commission to purchase up to 300 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine. The companies announced their vaccine was found to be 90 percent effective .