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Even With a Vaccine Ready, How Long Will It Be Before We Get It?

By Miriam Bello | Mon, 05/18/2020 - 14:19

Vaccine development can sometimes take up to a decade and when large quantities are required, access can take a while. Global efforts on keeping citizens safe and free of the SARS CoV-2 virus can only be complemented with a vaccine that will provide effective protection for the entire population.

For a safe outcome, vaccines undergo three clinical trials to measure their effectiveness. Right now, there are around 10 candidates that are entering human trials:

Vaccine development requires high founding but its rapid development has been a boost for pharmaceuticals’ growth. Right now, there are many interests at stake and some of the developments follow transnational collaborations, which leads to political dilemmas.

Finding a cure will for sure be a relief for many, but accessing it is a whole other subject. Many of these candidates have been vocal about the distribution of the first batches. Ensuring global distribution will depend mostly on WHO and that can take months. Currently, the world is already experimenting trouble regarding global supply of protection products, ventilators and test kits. With a vaccine, the scenario could get tense. Many of the developers are clustered in first-world countries, leaving developing countries far behind and making it obvious that a vaccine will not get to those countries soon enough. According to the New York Times, back in 2009 with the influenza pandemic, there was a pact made in advance regarding purchasing agreements between wealthy countries and vaccine manufacturers to get the product first, leaving poorer countries on a waiting list that took months to be served. As for now, there is no knowledge of such an agreement but experts say it is likely to happen.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst