Moderna’s CEO said Thursday that he thinks the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could be completed within a year as vaccine production rises and doses are delivered across the globe, though many lower-income nations are waiting for vaccinations.
The pharmaceutical company’s CEO, Stéphane Bancel, told the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung that he thought there would soon be enough vaccines to chase “everyone on this earth”, which looked like a future with the virus as a flu season.
“We will end up in a situation similar to the flu situation,” Bancel told the business, saying he predicted that future within the next 12 months. “You can either be vaccinated and have a good winter. Or you do not and risk getting sick and possibly even ending up in the hospital. ”
He continued: “If one looks at the industrial expansion of production capacity over the last six months, there should be sufficient doses by the middle of next year so that everyone on this earth can be vaccinated.”
Bancel added that those who choose not to be vaccinated will be immunized “naturally” as they are likely to have the highly transmissible delta strain of the virus.
The Delta variant has wreaked havoc across the globe, driving America’s reopening plans into chaos and leading to dramatic increases in new infections despite a wide slate of safe, effective vaccines.
Washington Post notes that about 80% of citizens in richer nations have already received their first doses of a vaccine. But in lower-income countries, the figure drops to around 20%, a statistic that has bothered global health officials, especially as some countries have begun boosting campaigns for vulnerable people.
The Food and Drug Administration approved this week a third connector for those vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Americans 65 and older, as well as those with high-risk conditions or in workplaces with greater exposure risks.
The head of the United Nations, who has long argued that rich nations should wait until all countries are able to vaccinate large shards of their populations, said the unequal distribution of vaccines globally was a worldwide “obscenity”.
“This is a moral indictment of the state of our world,” Secretary-General António Guterres told world leaders this week. “It simply came to our notice then. We passed the science test. But we get an F in ethics. ”
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