A billionaire scientist behind Pfizer and BioNTech’s breakthrough COVID-19 vaccine says he expects it to “crush the virus over the head” and end up ending the pandemic, according to a report.
Following the announcement this week that the vaccine was over 90% effective in trials, Uğur Şahin – the CEO of BioNTech, 55 – told the UK Guardian on Thursday that it was a sure thing.
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“If the question is whether we can stop this pandemic with this vaccine, then my answer is: yes, because I believe that even protection only against symptomatic infections will have a dramatic effect,” said Şahin, from Mainz, at newspaper.
He said he was confident the treatment will work as it attacks the virus on multiple levels.
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“The vaccine prevents COVID-19 from accessing our cells. But even if the virus does manage to find a way in, the T cells hit it on the head and kill it. We have trained the immune system very well to perfect these two defensive movements. We now know that the virus cannot defend itself against these mechanisms, ”he said.
He added: “We now know that vaccines can beat this virus.”
On Monday, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German company BioNTech announced that their vaccine candidate has been shown to be 90% effective in preventing people from getting sick during phase 3 trials.
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