Coronavirus vaccine could be ready in a year: EU drugs agency

A COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for approval in a year’s time in an “optimistic scenario”, the EU medicines agency said, playing down World Health Organisation fears that the virus “may never go away”. 

A nurse tends to a coronavirus infected patient at the intensive care unit at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen Denmark. Picture: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP
A vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready in a year’s time under an “optimistic” scenario, based on data from trials that are under way, the European Medicines Agency said today.

We can see the possibility if everything goes as planned that some of them (vaccines) could be ready for approval in a year from now, Marco Cavaleri, the EMA’s head of biological health threats and vaccines strategy, told a video news conference.
These are just forecasts based on what we are seeing. But again I have to stress that this is a best-case scenario, we know not all vaccines that come into development may not make it to authorisation and disappear, he added.
We know also that there may be delays.

The agency was however “a bit sceptical” about reports that a vaccine could be ready as soon as September.

The Amsterdam-based EU agency meanwhile played down fears expressed by the World Health Organisation that the virus “may never go away”.

I think it’s a bit early to say but we have good reason to be sufficiently optimistic that some vaccines will make it, Cavaleri said.
I would be surprised that if at the end of the day we don’t have any vaccine for COVID-19.

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