Coronavirus vaccine won't be ready till 2021 end: European expert
“Vaccine development is a hugely complicated and expensive process,” Pasi Penttinen, an expert from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, said and added there were multiple stages of human trials involved to make sure it was safe and effective.
Even as scientists around the world are racing against the clock to develop a cure to beat the novel coronavirus which has so far killed more than 210,000 people, an expert from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has said that a vaccine won’t be ready until the end of next year under the “most optimistic of scenarios".
“Vaccine development is a hugely complicated and expensive process,” Pasi Penttinen told Sky News, adding that there were multiple stages of human trials involved to make sure it was safe and effective.
“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.”
"Having a one-and-a-half to two year timeline to get that done is nothing short of a miracle,” he added.
Penttinen is the head of the ECDC’s Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses Programme.
This comes as the World Health Organization head said that the coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries.
“We have a long road ahead of us and a lot of work to do,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva on Monday, adding that a second wave of infections could be prevented with the right actions.