| 29 April 2020 | 2:15 am
According to the World Health Organization, there is only one thing that can provide the world a much-desired relief from the novel coronavirus- a safe and effective vaccine. But there is vast uncertainty on when it will be made and ready for use to fight the virus. As per an European flu expert, we the humankind need to wait till the end of 2021 to the minimum to get a vaccine against the virus which has now killed more than 213k people globally.
Dr. Pasi Penttinen from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said this in an interview with Sky new, a British Television Channel. In the interview Dr. Penttinen says, ‘a coronavirus vaccine won’t be ready until the end of next year under the most optimistic of scenarios.’
Terming the development of a vaccine is complex, long and expensive process, he said, ‘vaccine development is a hugely complicated and expensive process,’ adding that there were multiple stages of human trials involved to make sure it was safe and effective.
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The flu expert also insisted on the production capacity given the existing situation to meet the global need to treat patients infected with the virus, officially known as Covid-19 as he told the channel, ‘on top of that, you need to make sure in this kind of situation of your manufacturing capacity, which essentially is sufficient for the whole world.’
As per Dr. Penttinen, being able to develop a vaccine by 2021 would be miracle as he said, ‘having a one-and-a-half to two year timeline to get that done is nothing short of a miracle.’
To note, Penttinen is the head of the ECDC’s Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses Program. Source : CNN