The scientists and the World Health Organisation (WHO) tell us the Covid-19 vaccines have been produced in an unprecedented spirit of worldwide co-operation. Scientists across many disciplines have shared information and these vaccines have arrived long before it would have been thought possible a year ago.
COVID-19 Vaccine Development
France’s Sanofi and Britain’s GSK said Friday their Covid-19 vaccines will not be ready until the end of 2021, after interim results showed a low immune response in older adults.
The announcement is a huge setback in efforts to fight the pandemic, which emerged in China last December and has killed over 1.5 million people worldwide.
Many Asian countries have signed agreements with vaccine makers for supply. India has secured 600 million doses, mostly from AstraZeneca, according to data from Airfinity, a science information and analytics company. China, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand all have deals for millions of doses from the European company.
Three vaccine companies have applied for early approval for emergency use in India: Serum Institute of India, which has been licensed to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine, Pfizer Inc and Indian manufacturer Bharat Biotech. “Some of them may get licensed in the next few weeks,” federal Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.