The World Health Organization (WHO) expects vaccination against the coronavirus to start in mid 2021, and data from the final Phase 3 studies should be available early next year, a WHO expert said in Geneva on Monday. After that, the decisions on the start of the vaccination could be made. Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) continues to assume that a vaccination will be available in the first half of 2021.
The results of the study so far are encouraging, especially with regard to its efficacy in older people, he continued. As a precautionary measure, the companies involved have already produced millions of doses. Risk groups could be the first to expect a vaccination.
From today’s perspective, it should be possible to return to normality by next summer, said head of government Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in “ZiB1”. The ÖVP leader did not explicitly rule out a lockdown or lockdown-like situations. There are many countries with significantly higher infection rates. There, schools and restaurants were closed again and going out was prohibited: “We want to prevent this in Austria, if it is somehow possible”.
— Hector Pascua, with reports from APA. Picture: stockilyapp.com
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