The CEO of the biotechnology company Moderna said on Wednesday that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 will “live forever”, indicating that drugmakers will have to constantly adapt to new strains of the virus and seasonal or periodic outbreaks.
Stephane Bancel said in a panel discussion at the JPMorgan Chase Healthcare Conference: “We will always think that this virus will continue to exist.” “SARS-CoV-2 will not disappear.”
Medical experts suggest that the new coronavirus may become an “endemic disease,” which can be maintained at a baseline level, such as seasonal influenza.
Moderna has developed one of two vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has been approved for use in the United States.
Bansell added that he predicts that the United States will become one of the first major countries to achieve “enough protection”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that variants of the virus have already appeared in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Nigeria. Health officials in Ohio also determined that the other two Wednesdays may have originated in the United States.
The World Health Organization reports that there are four coronaviruses in the world that are endemic, but not as deadly or contagious as the one that causes COVID-19.
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