BioNTech Expects Herd Immunity in Europe in Summer Except for Children
European countries are speeding up the vaccinations of the new corona for the people to return to normal life as soon as possible. Uğur Şahin, the founder of BioNTech, a German company that cooperated with Pfizer to develop vaccines for Pfizer, predicts that Europe will achieve herd immunity this summer. However, because children cannot be vaccinated against the new covid-19, European children are not included.
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Uğur Şahin said on Wednesday (28th): “Europe will reach herd immunity in July, latest by August this year.” Because only people 16 years of age or older can be vaccinated, children will not be included in the scope of herd immunity.
Sahin predicts that in the next two months, by the end of June, more than half of the population in Europe will be vaccinated. He believes that by then governments can consider relaxing the restrictions on the epidemic for those who have completed the vaccination. Citing the vaccination data shared by Israel and Pfizer, he pointed out that people who have completed the vaccination rarely suffer from severe illness and the chance of infecting others is low.
The American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that although the exact time to reach herd immunity is controversial, experts believe that a vaccination rate higher than 70% can effectively cut the chain of transmission of the new coronavirus among the population.