Turkish scientists Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, who have a worldwide reputation with the vaccine they developed against the corona virus, spoke to Matthias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, Europe’s largest digital publication.
VACCINE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Uğur Şahin, on what the scientists who developed the first Covid-19 vaccine approved in the world did at the beginning of the pandemic said, “I read a publication in The Lancet that Friday evening (24 January 2020). The outbreak in Wuhan has been going on for about three weeks. After doing some research, I was very worried that the epidemic would not remain within the borders of China. After talking about it, we have no doubt that the virus will spread around the world. We knew that we had a technology that we could use to develop a very fast vaccine. ”Özlem Türeci said,“ We read reports in medical journals about this new lung disease in Hubei. Uğur immediately started planning the first steps to develop our vaccine. On Monday, we immediately started working on it with our team, ”he said.
‘CANCERS WILL BE TREATED’
Scientists, who made statements about vaccines and treatments that can be developed against cancer, said, “When people look at you 100 years later, do you want to be remembered as the first inventor of the Covid-19 vaccine or as the most successful people against cancer”, Türeci said, “We hope that cancer treatments will bear fruit. Cancer is as bad as an epidemic, but we are not aware of it, “he said,” Will cancer eventually be completely defeated? ” Türeci replied, “There will be cancers that can finally be cured”.
THE LIFE TIME OF THE PEOPLE CAN BE SIGNIFICALLY EXTENDED “
After the cancer statements, “How long will people live?” Uğur Şahin said, “In principle, a significant increase in the life expectancy of people through treatments can be considered biologically anyway,” and Türeci said, “A lot of research is currently being conducted on this subject, for example in the field of regenerative medicine”.
“DOGS HAVE NO CONVENIENT REASON TO LIVE FOR 14 YEARS”
“Regenerative approaches are very interesting,” Şahin said. This is associated not only with cell regeneration but also with regeneration of organs. But the important question here is: What causes us to age? There is no compelling reason why we need to age or why we need to age so quickly. There is no convincing reason why dogs only live to the age of 14, ”he said.“ This is the programming of our cells, and in principle, it is possible to interfere with this programming. “This is a very interesting and very exciting area of research.”
‘IMMORTALITY IS NOT POSSIBLE, A VERY LONG LIFE IS POSSIBLE’
Conducting the interview, Döpfner said, “In principle, physicians do not want patients to die. They want to save lives. They want to extend people’s lives. The ideal is immortality. Is this something you would see as a target? ” Türeci said, “I would not go that far,” Şahin said, “Immortality is unlikely. But a very long life? This should be possible ”he said.