Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: vaccine would be available by the first half of 2021.

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz continues to assume that a vaccination against the coronavirus will be available in the first half of 2021. “From today’s point of view, all this is possible in the first half of next year,” the Chancellor said. “I stand by my assessment: we should be able to return to normality by next summer,” the head of government told ZiB1 on Monday. At the same time he warned: “But until then it will still be a very, very hard autumn and winter.

Kurz did not explicitly rule out a lockdown or lockdown-like situations. There were many countries with significantly higher infection rates. There, schools and restaurants are closed again and going out is prohibited: “We want to prevent this in Austria, if it is somehow possible.

Kurz appealed to the population to adhere to the new, stricter corona measures that the government announced yesterday.

WHO: Vaccination start probably in mid 2021
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. As a precaution, the companies involved have already produced millions of doses. Risk groups could be the first to expect a vaccination.

The results of the study so far are encouraging, especially with regard to its efficacy in older people, she added. According to WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO is launching a new, this time quite cheerful, campaign against the pandemic. The focus will be on the catchy tune “We Are Family” by the US singing group Sister Sledge.

— Hector Pascua, with reports from APA. Picture: stockilyapp.com

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