Chief Scientist of WHO: It will take 2022 for life to become normal

 

Mumbai: Many experts have predicted that for life to be normal on earth it will require more than 2 to 3 years. However this is made prudent by the statement made by WHO (World Health Organization) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan. She said on Tuesday that it is difficult to get enough of the Covid-19 vaccine before 2022  and to return to normal life.

 

Swaminathan said, “Under the WHO’s Kovacs initiative, there will be a fair dispensation of vaccines in countries with different levels of income.” For this, by the middle of next year, millions of Corona vaccine doses will have to be prepared. This means that all the 170 countries or economies associated with it will get something. ‘

 

However, until the production of the vaccine is not increased, only a small number of doses will be available to replace the need for wearing masks and social distancing. The target will be to achieve two billion doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021.

 

Further added, ‘people feel that the whole world will get the vaccine in January next year and they will return to a normal life again. It does not happen that way. In the middle of 2021, we will be able to evaluate the vaccine rollout correctly, because by early 2021 you will start seeing the results of these vaccines.

 

However, in this case China is moving ahead with great aggression. Wu Gijin of the Chinese Center for Diseases and Prevention said on Tuesday, “China will get access to developing the vaccine locally by November-December.” On the other hand, US President Donald Trump has also claimed to give the vaccine within four weeks. Due to political pressure, the pharmaceutical companies can also issue licenses to use the vaccine in emergencies.

 

Swaminathan said, ‘All the trials which are going on will take at least 12 months, if not more. During this time one can see that there are no side effects of the vaccine in the first few weeks. Since this is a pandemic, many regulators would like to make a list of emergency uses but for this it is necessary to set the criteria.

 

Swaminathan referring to safety said, ‘we only want to see the effect of the vaccine as I think safety is more important for the people. US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will soon issue a guideline for the Emergency Use of Vaccines’.

 

China has been using three vaccines under its Emergency Use Authority since July on its officials. While a vaccine has been used on soldiers since June. A senior official of a pharmaceutical company in the country told that till now lakhs of people have been vaccinated in the country.

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