Stephane Bancel, Moderna’s CEO, says the COVID-19 vaccine should be available to all people in the world by mid-2022. In an interview with the “Neue Zuercher Zeitung”, he added that the world should return to normal in the second half of next year.
Taking into account how the production capacity has grown over the past six months, by mid-2022, enough doses should be available in the world to vaccinate every human being – said Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna in an interview with “Neue Zuercher Zeitung”.
Bancel: it will be like the flu now
Moderna’s director hopes the world should return to normal life within a year. In his opinion, due to the spread of the more contagious Delta variant, everyone will soon come into contact with the coronavirus. – Ultimately, it will be similar to the flu now. You will be able to get vaccinated and pass the winter calmly. Either you do not do it, risking falling ill or even hospitalizing, Bancel said in an interview with a Swiss daily.
The head of the American company assured that sufficient amounts will also be available booster doses of vaccines, which – in his opinion – should definitely be accepted by people who were vaccinated the earliest.
Bancel said the company is working on a new version of a booster dose vaccine that will be available in 2022. The preparation is based on research into new variants of the coronavirus, and its price will remain the same as this year, the Moderna boss assured.
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