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COVID vaccine not before mid-2021, says WHO

COVAX has to pass through several trials

WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global body it will not introduce a COVID vaccine that is not effective and safe.

By B N KUMAR

MUMBAI, Sep 4 (BNC Network) COVAX will not be available before the second or third quarter of the next year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Responding to a question from BizNewsConnect on the hopes being raised about the vaccine by certain ministers, WHO Chief Scientist Dr Sowmya Swaminathan said the latest that one can look at the availability of COVID vaccine is mid-2021.

BNC asked WHO to clear the air in view of the political statements and medical contradictions giving rise to confusion among the people.

She explained that globally there are 30 candidates conducting clinical trials of the vaccine and nine in phase-3 trial.

India, too has some candidates conducting phase one and two trials and it is a very optimistic scenario, she said.

But she cautioned that “we won’t have enough for the billions” across the world and “we need to prioritise the groups of people who needed to vaccinated first.

Earlier, WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global body it will not introduce a COVID vaccine that is not effective and safe.

There are good number of promising developments on the COVAX front, he said But the vaccine that is being developed has to be safe and effective.

Describing this as a very important question, Dr Bruce Akyward, senior advisor to WHO DG, said there was no point in hurrying for the vaccine which has to pass through several stages of trials..

 

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