BioNTech Scientist: Vaccine Could Halve Virus Transmission


(AP) – One of the scientists behind the experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer has said he was confident that it could halve the transmission of the virus, resulting in a “dramatic” curb of the virus’ spread.

The chief executive of Germany’s BioNTech said Sunday it was “absolutely essential” to have a high vaccination rate before next autumn to ensure a return to normal life next winter. He said: “I’m very confident that transmission between people will be reduced by such a highly effective vaccine. Maybe not 90% but maybe 50%.” Pfizer and BioNTech said last week that interim results showed the vaccine was 90% effective.

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