‘First signs if a vac­cine works likely in au­tumn’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPOTLIGHT - Agen­cies letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

ZURICH: First in­di­ca­tions of the ef­fec­tive­ness of a po­ten­tial vac­cine against coro­n­avirus may be avail­able in the au­tumn, the head of the GAVI vac­cine al­liance told a Swiss news­pa­per, fore­cast­ing a long road from there to broad avail­abil­ity.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we re­ally do not know which vac­cine will work and whether there will be one at all. If we’re lucky, we’ll re­ceive in­di­ca­tions in au­tumn as to (a po­ten­tial vac­cine’s) ef­fec­tive­ness,” GAVI head Seth Berkley told NZZ am Son­ntag in an in­ter­view pub­lished on Sunday.

“But there will still be a long way to go from there un­til an ap­proved ac­tive sub­stance be­comes avail­able in large quan­ti­ties for the global pop­u­la­tion.”

Call­ing for glob­ally co­or­di­nated ef­forts both to pro­duce and share an even­tual vac­cine, Berkley said in­ter­na­tional agree­ment was needed to build up man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity to rapidly pro­duce a vac­cine once one is found.

“Coun­tries should work to­gether to share in each other’s vac­cines in case one’s own are not good,” he said.

He urged the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) to is­sue clear guide­lines on a vac­cine’s use and distributi­on to pre­vent a vac­cine first be­ing made avail­able to the rich at the ex­pense of the peo­ple most in need.

THAI­LAND EN­TERS RACE FOR VAC­CINE

SARABURI: Thai­land is con­duct­ing tests on macaque mon­keys as it races to pro­duce a cheaper, al­ter­na­tive coro­n­avirus vac­cine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top re­searcher said on Mon­day.

More than 100 can­di­date vac­cines are cur­rently in var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment around the world, at least eight of which are in clin­i­cal tri­als with hu­mans, ac­cord­ing to the WHO.

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