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Coronavirus vaccine might not be available until mid-2021

The World Health Organization doesn’t expect a vaccine until middle of next year

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Sisi Ndebele, receives a seasonal influenza vaccine from a nurse at a local pharmacy clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Sisi Ndebele, receives a seasonal influenza vaccine from a nurse at a local pharmacy clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Themba Hadebe, Associated Press

The World Health Organization doesn’t expect to see a coronavirus vaccine until the middle of 2021, Reuters reports.

What’s going on?

The WHO said there likely won’t be a vaccine toward the end of 2020. Instead, the vaccine might come in the middle of next year.

WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said that none of the current vaccines in trials have shown enough efficacy to be effective enough to spread widely throughout the world.

  • “We are really not expecting to see widespread vaccination until the middle of next year.”
  • “This phase 3 must take longer because we need to see how truly protective the vaccine is and we also need to see how safe it is.”

Vaccines underway

  • Russia has granted approval of a coronavirus vaccine after less than two months of testing.
  • The United States has a few vaccine trials cooking. There has been some suggestion that the vaccines will be ready in October or November — just in time for the election.

Experts worry about a vaccine

Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently told CNBC it’s unlikely there will be a coronavirus vaccine ready by that time, though.

  • “I think it’s very unlikely. I think it’s more likely you’re going to get a top-line result some point in November and maybe be able to make a decision about an emergency use authorization after that.”

Experts worry the United States hasn’t planned enough to be ready for handling a vaccine though, as I wrote for Deseret.com.

  • “There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to be prepared for this vaccination program and it will not be complete by Nov. 1. States will need more financial resources than they have now,” said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of immunization education at the Immunization Action Coalition.