Roche chairman favours requiring COVID-19 shots - Handelszeitung

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche's chairman, Christoph Franz, favours requiring people to get a vaccination against COVID-19 when one is available and proven safe and effective, newspaper Handelszeitung reported on Wednesday, citing an interview.

Reuters November 12, 2020 01:10:58 IST
Roche chairman favours requiring COVID-19 shots - Handelszeitung

Roche chairman favours requiring COVID19 shots  Handelszeitung

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche's chairman, Christoph Franz, favours requiring people to get a vaccination against COVID-19 when one is available and proven safe and effective, newspaper Handelszeitung reported on Wednesday, citing an interview.

Franz, former chief executive of German airline Lufthansa , acknowledged such a mandate would be controversial, but said "a mandatory vaccination creates freedom in other areas", Handelszeitung reported, as it could help halt the spread of disease that has led to lockdowns.

Roche told Reuters the article reflected Franz's "personal opinion". The company does not make vaccines but does have a manufacturing deal with Regeneron to make its experimental COVID-19 antibody treatment.

Poll results released in October by the partly European Union-funded Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP), a global surveillance programme, showed such a vaccine mandate could have a chilling effect on people's willingness to get a shot.

All respondents said they would be less likely to accept a COVID-19 vaccine if it were mandated by employers, the poll showed.

On Wednesday, a World Health Organization official stopped short of answering a question about whether a COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory for children, before they are allowed to go to school.

"We really need to see what they (vaccines) do in adults, and then look carefully at how to move into children," said Kate O'Brien, who heads up the Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals department at the WHO, during a social media event.

O'Brien said it first must be determined if a vaccine can not only prevent infections or death, but also halt transmission of the virus to another person. "If they're going to be used in kids, what we're really also concerned about, and want to know about, is whether or not that transmission protection is something that could really benefit children," she said.

(Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources
| Reuters
World

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources | Reuters

By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States

China's Xi says navy should become world class
| Reuters
World

China's Xi says navy should become world class | Reuters

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.