PFIZER’S COVID-19 VACCINE WAS DESIGNED IN JUST FEW HOURS SAYS BIONTECH CO-FOUNDER DR UGUR SAHIN
December 27, 2020
According to the co-founder of BioNTech Dr Ugur Sahin, the COVID-19 vaccine he designed for Pfizer was designed in just few hours in a single day on January 25, 2020. No other vaccine in history has been created and manufactured so quickly. Previously, the fastest vaccine ever developed took more than four years.
BioNTech co-founder Dr Ugur Sahin designed the COVID-19 vaccine in just a few hours in mid-January, according to The Journal, a podcast from Gimlet and The Wall Street Journal.
A BioNTech spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that Sahin – who founded the company with his wife, Özlem Türeci – made a “rough design over one weekend.”
Even, Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine also took just two days to design.
The reason both vaccines were designed so quickly was because of the technology they rely on: messenger RNA, or mRNA.