Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the WHO, has talked about the coronavirus vaccine. “Many think that early next year a panacea will come that will solve everything, but it will not: there is a long process of evaluation, licensing, manufacturing and distribution”.

The WHO manages as the most optimistic date the first arrival of vaccines to several countries in the middle of next year. It will be then when priority must be given to the groups at greatest risk, there will be no doses of the coronavirus vaccine for the whole society.

Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s chief scientist, has said that “this is the first time in history that we need billions of doses of a vaccine,” the WHO chief has explained that hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine are needed.

Regarding the approximate price of the coronavirus vaccine doses, Swaminathan has communicated that it could oscillate between 2 and 30 US dollars, although it will depend on the market.

The head of the WHO has reminded that most countries “vaccinate their citizens for free or with little or no cost” directly to the patients’ pockets. She also reported that after several months of intense work, universal access to the tools against the coronavirus pandemic has been guaranteed.

Regarding Astrazeneca’s decision to halt the Oxford vaccine trials after the adverse reaction in one of the volunteers, Maria Neira, director of the WHO’s Department of Public Health, assures that “it means that things are being done right”. Maria Neira sees it as something positive because it shows that all the protocols are being followed, despite the media impact it may have.

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