WHO sets deadlines for testing human coronavirus vaccines

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The first vaccines against the new coronavirus will begin to be tested in humans in three to four months, WHO Director General Sumia Swaminathan said at a briefing on Wednesday .

She commented on the outcome of the WHO global forum on the situation of coronavirus , which was held in Geneva on 11 and 12 February with the participation of approximately 400 scientists.

At the end of the meeting, the experts agreed on the priorities for working with the new disease, including the development of new vaccines against the virus.

“Medium-term priorities relate to the development of vaccines and drugs for this disease. There are already four possible vaccines in development. Most likely, the first or second will begin to be tested in humans in three to four months. This in itself will be very rapid progress,” said the representative of WHO.

“But scientists also discussed what time frames should be used to determine which vaccine should be tested on a priority basis. Moreover, the vaccine will be available for 12-18 months,” she added.

Among the urgent priorities that were agreed at the global forum, Swaminathan named, in particular, the determination of the methods of transmission of the virus and how it was transferred to humans, the epidemiology of the disease, as well as measures to prevent and control its spread.


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