Gur Sahin, co-founder and CEO of the pharmaceutical company BioNTech, predicts that Covid-19 will be present for at least another decade.
The German immunologist was asked this week in a virtual press conference about the potential deadline for the deadly virus, replying that “we need a new definition of normality. The virus will remain with us for the next 10 years. “
BioNTech’s SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, developed with the US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, has been licensed for use in more than 45 countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States.
However, Sahin also suggested that the drug could be adjusted for the new strain, recently detected in Britain, in about six weeks.
“In principle, the beauty of our technology is that we can start directly to design a vaccine that completely mimics this new mutation. We may technically be able to provide a new vaccine within six weeks, “the executive said.
The executive of the pharmaceutical company expressed the hope that the drug could reduce the transmission of the virus by half, which would result in “a drastic reduction in cases.” The developers hope that patients who receive the vaccine – which consists of two doses injected into the arm three weeks apart – will be immune to the coronavirus for at least a year.