Coronavirus expert explains ‘main side effects’ of vaccine


The founder of the company behind the coronavirus vaccine has revealed that there are no serious side effects from the vaccine. Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNTech, announced promising preliminary results from its Pfizer vaccine – which has been shown to be 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 infection.

He said the “main side effects” seen so far have been mild to moderate pain at the injection site for a few days, while some of the participants had a mild fever for a similar period.

In an interview with BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Professor Sahin said the side effects of the vaccine were not enough to stop the study.

The main side effects of the vaccine have been revealed

He said: “We did not see any other serious side effects that would cause the study to be paused or stopped.

“We have now had safety data for part of the subjects for more than two months, and we have continued to collect data for more than two years, to see not only the profile of the short and medium term side effects but also the long term. term side effect profile.

“But so far the security profile appears to be absolutely harmless.”

Recalling the moment he was informed of the effectiveness of their vaccine, Mr Sahin said it was “extremely relieving”.

He added: “As a scientist, of course you would expect a certain probability that the card could be positive based on the data we had so far, but there are still unknown factors.

“And there may be some scientific, biological or medical reason why the vaccine doesn’t work.

“We now know that our vaccine works, and most likely other vaccines will work as well.

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“So this is really a message that not only changes the way we develop vaccines, but also increases the likelihood that we can get this pandemic under control.”


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