AGI – Young people will have to wait until 2022 to receive a Covid-19 vaccine since the initial production will have to be assigned as a priority to the highest risk groups. This was stated by the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO), Soumya Swaminathan.
“People think that on January 1st there will be a vaccine and that things will return to normal, but things will not be like this. No one has ever produced vaccines in the volumes that will be needed, so in 2021 we hope to have vaccines, but in quantity. limited, “he clarified. There is a clear consensus that the first vaccinated will be the health workers who are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic and that it will then be the turn of the elderly and the most vulnerable. “A young and healthy person will have to wait until 2022 to be vaccinated”, the scientist said.
A dozen potential vaccines are currently in phase 3 clinical trials; in other words, they are inoculated in groups of about 30,000 people in places where the coronavirus continues to circulate intensively. This phase of clinical trials is used to check the vaccine’s effectiveness and rule out serious side effects. In total, forty vaccine trials are in one of three clinical trial phases and 200 are in laboratory tests, which is a clear indicator of the interest the pharmaceutical and biotech industry has in finding the right formula.
“Until we have the results of phase 3, we won’t know which and how many of these vaccines will be safe, effective and protect for a long time,” Swaminathan said. The WHO representative anticipated that these results could be ready early next year, after which the regulations for the approval of one or more vaccines will have to be respected.