COVID-19 is a world-wide phenomenon now and has engulfed a better part of the world. China, the prime state where it all started, is out of the danger for now, but the rest of the world, especially Europe and the US are now gearing up to face the worst.
Like every other catastrophe or pandemic in the past, communities, and individuals leap into the work and try to get more done in less time. The same is true for the COVID-19.
According to the reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) is rigorously working on more than 20 vaccines with some of them near to approach the human trial phase. The dispensation of the vaccines could take a little bit more time, with the WHO saying it could take as long as 18 months to be approved.
“The acceleration of this process is really truly dramatic in terms of what we’re able to do, building on work that started with SARS, that started with MERS and now is being used for COVID-19,” WHO’s technical lead for the emergencies program said during a press conference on Friday.
WHO is taking every precaution to make the vaccines truly helping before they are inoculated in masses and says multiple times that a bad vaccine is more dangerous than a bad virus.
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The first trials are unprecedented in pace and started in the US on Monday. The trials are taking place at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington, where phase 1 includes 45 males and non-pregnant females between the ages of 18 and 55. The National Institutes of Health institute and biotech company Moderna have been working on this particular vaccine.
Even when a vaccine is approved, WHO and partnering governments will have nightmares in terms of logistical, financial, and ethical issues. “There has to be fair and equitable access to that vaccine for everybody,” Ryan said, adding that the world will be protected from coronavirus only if everybody is vaccinated. Echoing his comments was WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said: “This vaccine should not be for the haves, it should be for those who cannot afford it too.”