Moderna chief executive sees end of pandemic in a year

ZURICH (CNA) – Moderna Chief Executive Stephane Bancel thinks the COVID-19 pandemic could be over in a year as increased vaccine production ensures global supplies, he told the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

“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 told the newspaper in an interview.

“Those who do not get vaccinated will immunise 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.”

Residents queue to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Caracas, Venezuela