Very recently, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan who is a chief scientist in the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that the COVID-19 vaccine may take 1.5 years to develop. The statement was made as she spoke to reporters after being honored by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at the 74th Independence Day celebration of the country.
After the event, Dr. Swaminathan was stating to the reporters: “Generally, to develop a new vaccine for a disease, under normal circumstances, it will take anywhere between five to 10 years. In this case of a pandemic, with the joint efforts by WHO and other agencies, it might take at least one to one-and-a-half years, minimum, as finding a new vaccine involves a testing process”.
As the WHO continues to raise funds to help people from all countries to avail the vaccine for free, six months have passed of these 1.5 years and eight vaccines are in their developing stage in India and many more across the world. According to the WHO scientist since India is still in the first phase of the trial it will take time to finalize the vaccines.
As per Dr. Swaminathan, wearing a mask and social distancing norms are going to be the new normal for the coming one year. She further states that lockdown and other restrictions are just temporary measures and preventing a second wave of infection should be a high priority now. For her, most of the countries have failed to act against the resurgence of viruses hence we must continue to keep the cases at a low number.
Dr. Swaminathan also stated: “ No vaccine has come to the stage of producing data to WHO on its success as yet. Only after WHO gets the clinical trial data of vaccines, a license of the authorisation will be given”.
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