AstraZeneca CEO: coronavirus vaccine might require annual shots - (CNBC via NewsPoints Desk)

  • AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot suggested that a vaccine for coronavirus might have to be administered every year, reported CNBC.

  • "Most companies are targeting two injections for the initial vaccination and then our own assumption based on what we know from the technology we use with SARS 1 is that the immunity could last 12 months maybe 18 months," Soriot said.

  • However, he admitted "the truth is that we don't know, this virus is very unpredictable."

  • Meanwhile, AstraZeneca has reached deals to distribute its potential COVID-19 vaccine in different parts of the world.

  • "We have set up supply chains independently from each other," Soriot said, reaffirming a commitment to provide their vaccine all over the world.

  • "If it does work, we will be able to start supplying the vaccine in October, November and our goal is to supply everyone around the world at the same time," he added.

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