COVID-19: WHO gives latest update on when vaccine may be ready

COVID-19: WHO gives latest update on when vaccine may be ready

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has said that, by mid-2021, vaccination against Covid -19 will begin on a large scale.

Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist of the WHO, shared the optimism in an interview with DPA yesterday, reports from NAN.

Swaminathan announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is currently undergoing testing processes and could be ready by middle of next year.

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She said: “We have now over 20 candidates in clinical studies.

“So we are hopeful that a couple of them will work. It would be very unlucky if all of them fail.

“So if we are very practical, then we are looking at the middle of 2021 when we will have a vaccine that can be widely deployed.

“Of course, it’s impossible to predict.”

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WHO official said “the fastest timetable we’ve ever seen” was the global race to produce a vaccine.

COVID-19, which was first discovered in Wuhan Province of China has spread throughout the globe.

After its initial spread, the virus has killed more than 600,000 people and infected more than 14 million people worldwide.


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