COVID vaccine likely by mid-2021: WHO scientist
Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Health/Social issue; International Organization
- WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that a realistic timeline to start receiving the first million doses of COVID vaccine is mid2021.
- She also warned that it might take longer “as it is not easy to understand the virus completely.”
- It aims at having two billion doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021.
- COVAX Facility is a mechanism to ensure free, rapid and equitable access to COVID19 vaccines across the world.
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- Around 27 vaccines are in clinical trials, and another 150 odd are in preclinical testing.