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Moderna chief executive says pandemic could be over in a year as vaccine supply increases

The coronavirus pandemic could be over in a year as increased vaccine production ensures global supplies, Moderna Inc Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel thinks.

"If you look at the industry-wide expansion of production capacities over the past six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of next year so that everyone on this earth can be vaccinated. Boosters should also be possible to the extent required," he said to the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

He alao said that vaccinations would soon be available even for infants.

"Those who do not get vaccinated will immunize themselves naturally, because the Delta variant is so contagious. In this way we will end up in a situation similar to that of the flu. You can either get vaccinated and have a good winter. Or you don't do it and risk getting sick and possibly even ending up in hospital."

Asked if that meant a return to normal in the second half of next year, he said: "As of today, in a year, I assume."

"The volume of vaccine is the biggest limiting factor. With half the dose, we would have 3 billion doses available worldwide for the coming year instead of just 2 billion," he said.

Natural immunity is at least as protective as immunity produced by vaccination, and that a single vaccine dose can further bolster natural immunity.


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