Covid-19 vaccine: Healthy young people may have to wait till 2022, says WHO

WHO Cheif Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said healthy people might have to wait till 2022 for the vaccine.

World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Thursday said that young and healthy people may have to wait till 2022 to get the vaccine against the coronavirus.

As per WHO, there will be a lot of guidance coming out, but I think an average person, a healthy young person might have to wait until 2022 to get a vaccine.

Addressing both the questions, the chief scientist of WHO said by 2021, there will be at least one effective vaccine but in “limited quantities” and hence vulnerable people will be prioritized.

In India, a high-level committee will chart out the prioritization process. The states have been asked to submit lists of priority population groups that need to receive the vaccine first -- doctors, nurses, sanitation staff, ASHA workers, surveillance officers, etc. of both private and government sectors.

India coronavirus tally rose to 73,07,097 earlier in the day as it reported 67,708 new cases in the last 24 hours. The country’s toll rose by 680 to 1,11,266. India’s active cases stood at 8,12,390 while the recoveries reached 63,83,441.

Countries like Russia and China have already begun with their prioritization process. China started vaccination of its army and is now vaccinating government officials along with health workers. Russia on the other hand started vaccinating its journalists along with healthcare officials.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 3.84 crore people and killed 10,91,245, according to Johns Hopkins University. The worldwide recoveries crossed 2.65 crores.

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