More than half of the European population should have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine within the next two months. It is the prediction of the CEO of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin, whose company jointly developed the first coronavirus vaccine authorized by EMA for emergency use with Pfizer.
Europe, vaccination speed increases
The European vaccination campaign started with some difficulty, and is still far behind that of countries such as the United Kingdom, the USA and Israel. But the blockade has now managed to fuel and the speed of vaccinations has increased substantially.
Italy has finally reached altitude half a million doses per day, while Germany travels at double speed.
The difference between the various countries is still great, but the light at the end of the tunnel now seems visible.
Half of Europe vaccinated by June
Sahin, head of German BioNTech which developed one of the two mRNA vaccines authorized in Europe, predicts that by the end of June “the 50-60% of the population will have received the vaccine“. At that point, therefore, significant easing of anti-Covid measures could be implemented.
Therefore the EU, according to the co-founder of BioNTech, should be able to achieve herd immunity “in July, at the latest in August”.
Quoted by the Associated Press, Sahin recalled some studies conducted in Israel (a country that conducted a campaign almost exclusively with Pfizer doses). Research has shown that immunized people rarely get seriously ill and are less likely to transmit the coronavirus to others.
Sahin warned that, in any case, caution must be maintained: children will remain among those at risk because vaccines have not yet been approved for children under 16.
Some variants have proven to be more dangerous against young people than the original coronavirus strain. According to Sahin, the authorization of the vaccine should arrive in June also for the 12-15 age group, but in any case it is unlikely that there will be enough doses even for the youngest.