Multiple vaccinations will probably be required, said Clemens Wendtner, chief physician of the clinic for infectious diseases at Munich Clinic Schwabing. “It could also be the case with a Covid 19 vaccine that you have to be vaccinated regularly, just like with the influenza vaccination.” An effective vaccine remains great hope in the fight against Covid-19. “The only illusion you have to take is that vaccination against Covid-19 will last a lifetime,” Wendtner said. “It is not unusual for vaccinations not to last for years, but to be refreshed regularly.”

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In the case of influenza, immunization lasts for a few months – that is enough to be well prepared for the annual flu season in winter. A certain summer effect can also be seen at Corona – warmth and UV radiation dampened the virus somewhat. “You should see what vaccination can do for all of us,” said Wendtner, and with a view to the long-term consequences: “Anyone who has been through Covid-19 is a warning example of opponents of vaccination.”

Video: Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt is the head of the Institute for Specific Prophylaxis at the Med Uni Vienna. In the ZIB-2 interview, she explains general reasons for the long duration in the development of vaccines.

Experts expect an approved vaccine at the earliest in the course of the coming year. “So patience and understanding for the important protective measures of every individual are still required,” says Wendtner. The first nationwide corona patients were treated at Munich Clinic Schwabing in January.

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