Moderna Inc. CEO Stefan Bancel believes the new coronavirus pandemic could end in a year, as increased vaccine production secures global supplies, according to the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.
"If you look at the increase in industrial capacity over the last six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of next year so that everyone on this Earth can be vaccinated. "Supportive installments can also be made to the extent required," he said in an interview with the newspaper.
Vaccination will soon be possible even for infants, he noted.
"Those who are not vaccinated will naturally immunize themselves, because the Delta variant is very contagious. In this way we will end up in a situation similar to that of the flu. One can either get vaccinated and have a good winter. "Either he does not do it and he risks getting sick and possibly even ending up in the hospital," he added.
Asked if this means a return to normalcy in the second half of next year, Bansel replied: "From today in a year I guess."
The CEO of Moderna noted that he expects governments to approve boosting doses for people who have already been vaccinated because at-risk patients who were vaccinated last fall "undoubtedly" need a booster dose.
The booster has half the dose of the original, which means that more of them will be available.
"The volume of vaccines is the biggest limiting factor. "With half the installment, we will have 3 billion installments available worldwide for next year instead of just 2 billion."
The composition of the commemorative doses remains the same as the original for this year because Moderna did not have enough time to change it.
"We are currently examining optimized Delta variants in clinical trials. "These will be the basis for the boost dose for 2022. We are also testing Delta plus Beta, the next mutation that scientists believe is possible."
Moderna can use the existing production lines for the next variants as was done for the original COVID-19 vaccine, while the price of the vaccine will remain the same, he concluded.