Coronavirus: WHO expects COVID-19 vaccine distribution to begin globally only in mid-2021 – fitness


The large-scale global distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 isn’t expected until mid-2021, the World Health Association’s (WHO) chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan told a press briefing on Friday.

“So realistically speaking, probably the second one half, the middle of 2021 – perhaps the second one quarter, the third quarter of 2021 – is when we will be able to start seeing doses if truth be told flowing into countries in order that they are able to start to immunize their populations,” Swaminathan said

This timeline is based on the truth that Phase 3 trials of many candidate vaccines aren’t expected to be concluded until the end of the present year, the WHO’s chief scientist added.

“We expect results from one of the candidates, which are already in Phase 3 trials, to come by the end of the year or beginning of next year, following which they’ll must be scaling [up] manufacturing to produce the hundreds of millions of doses that are going to be needed. In truth, the world is going to need billions of doses, and that’s going to take time to fabricate. So we must be optimistic and realistic at the same time,” Swaminathan commented.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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