Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) Sumya Swaminatan called the expected timing of the start of supply of vaccine against coronavirus. The organization hopes that limited supplies will begin in the first half of 2021.
“We are planning limited supplies in the first half of the year. We are now in the planning stage, ”Swaminathan said. According to her, now the main goal of the organization is to ensure access to the vaccine for people at risk, especially for health workers.
Swaminathan noted that at this stage WHO is optimistic and working with all potential manufacturers. She pointed out that a whole portfolio of vaccines is needed to have a choice, as some vaccines, for example, may be more suitable for the elderly, while others require special transport and storage conditions.
Earlier, the head of WHO, Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus, said that the vaccine alone will not be able to stop the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic – this requires a whole range of measures. He said that it is necessary to continue monitoring, testing, isolating the infected and treating them, tracing contacts and quarantining, involving communities and individuals in the fight against the spread of the disease.