Today 200 possible vaccines are in various stages of development and clinical trials. About 15 of them are already tested in humans.
For vaccine development and the search for effective drugs from the new coronavirus is necessary to collect more than 31 billion dollars.
About it the General Director of the world health organization (who), Tedros of Ghebreyesus said yesterday at a briefing in Geneva, reports UN news Center.
“It is obvious that to ensure control over COVID-19 and save lives we need effective vaccines, diagnostic tools and treatment. And all this in an unprecedented scale and in an unprecedented short period of time,” he said.
Of ghebreyesus added that all these instruments of prevention, detection and treatment of coronavirus should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford to pay for them.
Chief researcher who Sumia Swaminathan noted that usually the process of development and production of effective vaccines takes up to 10 years. But in the current environment, according to her, we have to act quickly.
“We allow that (the development and production of vaccines against coronavirus) 12 to 18 months. And it will be unprecedented,” said Swaminathan.
She reported that to date, there are 200 candidates of vaccines, and they are all at different stages of development and clinical trials. About 15 of them are already tested in humans.
On June 27, according to Gebreyesus, under the auspices of the European Commission and the international human rights organization Global Citizen (“citizen of the world”) held a major event to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19. The goal is to collect 31, 4 billion dollars. To date, since April, when it was announced about this initiative received $ 3.4 billion.
These funds will accelerate the development and production of accessible and affordable vaccines, as well as the search for more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Ensuring equitable access to vaccines for all, said the head of the who, is a very difficult task, but there is no other way. Therefore, to achieve it requires the active cooperation of governments, manufacturers, organizations in the health sector, civil society organizations and communities as a whole.
Answering questions of journalists at a briefing the who in Geneva, another representative who Ranieri Guerra drew Parallels between the “Spanish flu” and the current pandemic, Recalling that exactly the same as COVID-19, the epidemic of “Spanish flu” began to decline in the summer and then returned in September and October. Then, during the second wave of the flu led to the deaths of about 50 million people. Who fear that the fall of new outbreaks cannot be avoided.
On June 13 Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands signed a contract with UK company AstraZeneca for the purchase of vaccine against the coronavirus. The company AstraZeneca is developing the vaccine together with the University of Oxford. The company has stated that the effectiveness of the vaccine must still confirm the final testing phase of clinical studies involving volunteers.
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