Sumiya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO), said that the organization hopes to produce hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine for the Corona virus this year and produce two billion doses by the end of 2021.
She added that WHO is developing plans to help determine who should receive the first doses once a vaccine is approved.
Frontline workers will be given priority in combating the virus, such as medical personnel, people most at risk from age or other diseases, and those who work or reside in places where infection is easily transmitted, such as prisons and care homes.
“It is my hope and optimism,” said Swaminathan. But developing a vaccine is complicated, and it is accompanied by a lot of uncertainty. ”
“The positive thing is that we have a lot of vaccines and approaches to work, so even if the first or second vaccine fails, we should not lose hope or give up.”
Swaminathan described the ambition of producing hundreds of millions of doses this year as optimistic, while describing the hope of producing nearly two billion doses, which amounts to three different vaccines next year, as uncertain.
She said that the genetic analysis data collected so far shows that the new Corona virus has not yet mutated in any way that causes the severity of the disease that causes it.