Scientist BioNTech CEO Uğur Şahin, who developed the first approved vaccine within the scope of combating Covid-19, said that they wanted to give Turkey as many vaccines as possible, but these vaccines should be produced first.
Speaking in front of the press members, Şahin reminded that they had been meeting with Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca for weeks and said, “Now we have delivered the first doses. We are talking about sending much more to Turkey. But for this we have to deal with our production capacity. If everything goes well, up to 30 million in June. “We want to ship the dose to Turkey. We are talking about sending more doses in July and August.”
Explaining that the Covid-19 vaccine they developed is effective against the ‘double mutant’ India variant, Şahin said, “We are testing the Indian variant, but there are mutations in the Indian variant that we have previously tested and our vaccine is effective, so I am sure it will be effective in this variant.”
Speaking about Europe’s fight against the virus, Şahin said, “The European population will have herd immunity in July, at the latest in August.”
‘WE WANT TO GIVE TURKEY AS MANY VACCINES AS POSSIBLE’
Prof. Dr. Uğur Şahin said that they wanted to give Turkey as many vaccines as possible, but these vaccines should be produced first.
Şahin made statements about the Kovid-19 outbreak and the vaccine produced by the company at the press conference held online by the Association of Foreign Journalists (VAP) in Germany.
Answering a question about the situation in Turkey, Şahin said, “We want to give Turkey as many doses (vaccines) as possible, but we have to produce them first.” said.
Reminding that they have been holding talks with Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca for weeks, Şahin said, “Now we have delivered the first doses. We are talking about sending much more to Turkey. But for this we have to deal with our production capacity. If everything goes well, we want to ship up to 30 million doses to Turkey in June. We’re talking about sending more doses in July and August. ” said.
Stating that not only Muslim countries but also Jews were asking questions about the content of the vaccine, Şahin stated that the substances used for the vaccine are not of animal origin and that no one should have doubts about this.
Şahin shared the information that the information about the content of the vaccine was also conveyed to Orthodox Jews who requested information on this and said, “We can say that the vaccine is halal”.
Answering questions about the effectiveness of the vaccine, Prof. Dr. Şahin stated that the BioNTech vaccine reached the maximum effect 7 days after the second dose.
However, Şahin noted that the vaccine started to show its effect after the 12th day after the first dose was shot, and that there was no protection against the virus for 1 to 12 days after the first dose.
‘3. NEED TO DOSE A DOSE ‘
Sharing the information that the protection of the vaccine decreased over time, according to the data of the first 6 months, the effect of the vaccine decreased from 95 percent to 91 percent in 6 months, “We see that the antibodies that cause vaccine protection decreased significantly after 8 months. This third dose after 9 months or 12 months at the latest helps to increase the protection. This is called the ‘booster’ vaccine. I then assume that the vaccine will be needed every year or every 18 months. “found the assessment.