ZURICH: Switzerland has reserved 16 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines, the federal government stated on Wednesday, saying a brand new 3.2 million-dose reservation with a World Well being Group-led programme and a tentative 3 million-dose pact with Pfizer and BioNTech.
Switzerland, which has 8.6 million individuals and hopes to start out vaccinating a while within the first half of 2021, had beforehand reserved practically 10 million doses of potential vaccines from Moderna and AstraZeneca and has now put aside 400 million Swiss francs ($435.92 million) for purchases.
Pfizer and BioNTech stated on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine was greater than 90% efficient primarily based on preliminary trial outcomes, prompting governments to hurry to safe a share. Information from separate trials of Moderna’s and AstraZeneca’s candidates are due later this yr.
A Russian vaccine mission on Wednesday additionally stated that its candidate’s efficacy topped 90% in a small sampling of trial members.
World well being officers estimate about 60-70% of the inhabitants should be inoculated in opposition to the brand new coronavirus to get the pandemic below management. Whereas the determine is 4 instances the variety of Swiss who get an annual flu shot, Well being Minister Alain Berset stated the conditions aren’t comparable, citing polls he stated present “a big share of the inhabitants is able to get a shot”.
“We’re confronted with a worldwide pandemic that has inflicted huge injury on the economic system and society,” Berset stated at a information convention. “The scenario through which we’re residing in right now isn’t what we would like.”
Swiss coronavirus infections rose by 8,270 circumstances on Wednesday, with confirmed circumstances in Switzerland and neighbouring principality Liechtenstein growing to 243,472 and the demise toll rising by 86 to 2,769, as some hospitals report their intensive care models are full.
Switzerland is not going to require vaccinations however plans a marketing campaign to advertise them.
($1 = 0.9176 Swiss francs)
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