The German biotech firm that has partnered with Pfizer Inc. to develop a coronavirus vaccine is confident it will be ready to seek regulatory approval by the end of the year, according to its chief executive.

BioNTech, originally a cancer-treatment biotech company, is one of 17 firms world-wide that have started human trials on a vaccine against Covid-19. The company, based in the city of Mainz and listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, was founded in 2008 by Dr. Sahin and his wife, Dr. Özlem Türeci, both the children of Turkish immigrants.

This does not mean that everything is fine now. You still need to follow health protocols to stay safe. Even if BioNTech makes a vaccine, it can take months to make it available worldwide.

Please wash your hands regularly, wear mask and gloves and keep your social distance. Also, don’t get out of your house unless it’s an emergency. Quarantine is for your own safety.

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