WHO Expert: Coronavirus vaccine may be here by 2021

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020, 03:06:31 AM IST


India has several potential vaccine candidates for Coronavirus, that are currently in development. Initially, it was said that one of these would be available to the public by mid August, but these rumours were immediately rubbished.

Now, Gagandeep Kang, professor of microbiology at the Vellore-based Christian Medical College and a member of the WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety has said that India might see a vaccine for the virus by 2021. However, he also said that it might be difficult to make sure that everyone is vaccinated in the country.

He said that this was because of the broken healthcare system that the country has. He has assured that babies and pregnant women can undoubtedly be immunised using this vaccine, though.

The vaccine that was developed by Oxford University was the very first one to enter the final phase of testing in the world. Everyone was hopeful that it would soon be available to all. However, a severe side effect to one of the volunteers in its testing has now out the vaccine back in its testing phase.