COVID Vaccine Would Begin to be Delivered at the “End of This Year, Beginning of Next Year”
The new COVID vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech would begin to be delivered at the “end of this year, beginning of next year” if everything continued to go well, one of its creators said on Sunday.
Last week, BioNTech and co-developers Pfizer said the preliminary analysis showed their vaccine could prevent more than 90 percent of people from getting Covid-19. About 43,000 people took part in tests.
Prof Ugur Sahin, co-founder and CE
O of BioNTech, told the BBC that 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.”
If everything continued to go well, he said, the vaccine would begin to be delivered at the “end of this year, beginning of next year”.
“I’m very confident that transmission between people will be reduced by such a highly effective vaccine – maybe not 90 percent but maybe percent – but we should not forget that even that could result in a dramatic reduction of the pandemic spread,” he added.
He said this winter would still be hard as the vaccine would not have a big impact on infection numbers.
Globally over 54,068,000 confirmed cases have been reported. The highly contagious disease, which emerged first in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed more than 1,313,000.
(Inputs from PTI)