The CEO of the maker of the Covid-19 vaccine Moderna has warned that the new coronavirus that has crippled global economies and overwhelmed hospitals will be present “forever”.
As reported by American television CNBC, Stéphane Bancel, CEO of the pharmaceutical laboratory Moderna Therapeutics, estimated on January 13 that “Sars-CoV-2 [sigle scientifique du nouveau coronavirus] will not disappear[it] not”. “We think we will live with this virus forever,” he said during a panel discussion at the conference hosted by financial giant JPMorgan on healthcare.
And the company manager stressed that the world of health would now have to constantly monitor new variants of the virus so that scientists can produce vaccines to fight them.
According to public health officials quoted by CNBC, there is indeed a high probability that Covid-19 will become an endemic disease, that is to say one that is constantly rampant in affected societies. The contamination levels should however probably be lower than the current situation according to these same officials.
Several countries including France started their vaccination campaign at the end of December. Simultaneously, the Russian Federal Biomedical Agency affirmed the penultimate day of the year to have developed and patented a unique drug of its kind against Covid-19 and whose pre-clinical trials have shown 99% effectiveness.