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Normal life back next winter, says Covid-19 vaccine creator

NEW YORK (77WABC) – Life could return back to normal by next winter according to the co-developer of Pfizer’s promising Covid-19 vaccine in a BBC interview.

“If everything continues to go well, we will start to deliver the vaccine end of this year, beginning (of) next year,” Ugur Sahin, co-founder and chief executive of BioNTech, said on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday. “Our goal is to deliver more than 300 million of vaccine doses until April next year, which could allow us to already start to make an impact.”

Prof Sahin also raised hopes the jab could halve transmission of the virus, resulting in a “dramatic reduction in cases”.  Last week, BioNTech and co-developers Pfizer said preliminary analysis showed their vaccine could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.

About 43,000 people took part in tests.

Prof Sahin also said he expected further analysis to show the vaccine would reduce transmission between people as well as stop symptoms developing in someone who has had the vaccine.

“I’m very confident that transmission between people will be reduced by such a highly effective vaccine – maybe not 90% but maybe 50% – but we should not forget that even that could result in a dramatic reduction of the pandemic spread,” he said.

He added, “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.”

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