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Europe will reach herd immunity by August: BioNTech Chief Ugur Sahin

While the exact threshold required to reach that critical level of immunization remains a matter of debate, experts say a level above 70 percent would significantly disrupt transmission of the coronavirus within a population.

April 28, 2021 / 06:18 PM IST
Source: AP

Source: AP

Europe can achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus within the next four months, the head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech, which developed the first widely approved COVID-19 vaccine with US partner Pfizer, said Wednesday.

While the exact threshold required to reach that critical level of immunization remains a matter of debate, experts say a level above 70 percent would significantly disrupt transmission of the coronavirus within a population.

“Europe will reach herd immunity in July, latest by August,” Ugur Sahin, BioNTech’s chief executive, told reporters.

His company’s vaccine makes up a large share of the doses administered in Europe and North America, where it is more commonly known as the Pfizer shot.