“While the vaccine pipeline looks promising, we cannot say with certainty when a vaccine will be available for administration to populations,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Southeast Asia Regional Director, WHO
Even as several countries were planning to roll out coronavirus vaccines as early as in December or January, doses of these vaccine were unlikely to available before early- or mid-2021, World Health Organization (WHO) Southeast Asia Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh told Business Standard.
“It is hoped that if a successful vaccine is found within the next few months, enough doses will be available for countries by the end of 2021 so that those in priority populations who choose to be vaccinated have access to them,” Singh said.
Even the front-runners among vaccine companies would take at least a few months to complete Phase-III trials and evaluate the efficacy and safety of individual vaccines, she said. Add
First Published: Nov 17 2020 | 3:09 PM IST