Ugur Sahin, founder of BioNTech, the company that first developed the coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with Pfizer, said he believed most European countries and the United States would be able to bring the virus under control by the end of the summer.
“In many European countries and the United States, general closures will no longer be needed by the end of the summer,” Ugur Sahin told Welt am Sonntag.
“Viruses will break out, but they will be background noise. There will be mutations, but they will not scare us,” he added.
Sahin also spoke about the fact that the governments of the European Union countries are being criticized for problems in procurement and slow vaccination. He points out that these are temporary difficulties, and that he believes that by the end of September, 70 percent of Germans can be vaccinated.
Recall, so far in Germany at least one dose of vaccine received 9 percent of the population, while in the UK more than 50 percent of residents received the first dose.
“With the wrong move we risk this third wave becoming permanent. We have a tool: a handbrake. It must be strictly applied everywhere in Germany,” said Bavarian Prime Minister Marcus Zeder.