With cases of Coronavirus The disease in the west is still on the rise, with countries in Europe and North America having a “really clear” need for a vaccine, a medical expert said Friday.
Several European countries – including France, Germany and the United Kingdom – have had to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain a Covid-19 resurgence. In the United States, where cumulative cases are highest in the world, California was the second state after Texas to exceed a million infections, data from Johns Hopkins University showed.
“An effective vaccine … in addition to continued distancing, masks and hygiene will be very effective in limiting the spread of Covid-19,” Jerome Kim, director general of the International Vaccine Institute, told CNBC during the year East Tech West Conference.
This year the conference will take place both remotely and on site in the Chinese district of Nansha in Guangzhou.
Kim, an expert in vaccine evaluation and development, said recent advances in Covid-19 vaccines were “very good news.”
Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday said her coronavirus vaccine was up more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those with no evidence of previous infection. The markets rose worldwide after the announcement.
Meanwhile, Moderna is expected to be released In the coming days, important data from the late-stage study will show whether the vaccine is effective.
A syringe containing either the vaccine or a placebo is being made for Tony Potts, who is participating in a Moderna-sponsored Phase 3 clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccines on August 4, 2020 in DeLand, Florida.
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However, some people seem unwilling to get immunized against the coronavirus.
A survey published in September by the World Economic Forum and market research company Ipsos found this 74% of adults worldwide are ready to be vaccinated. For Americans, this proportion is 67%, according to the survey.
Kim noted that people may be concerned that the rush to develop a Covid-19 vaccine could put safety at risk. So more work needs to be done to reassure people that vaccines, which were ultimately approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are effective and won’t have serious side effects, he added.
“We have to convince, we have to target communities where vaccination resistance is already high,” said Kim.
“I hope that regardless of the political situation in two months as more and more vaccines become available, we will be ready to distribute the vaccine, convince people to take the vaccine and then actually bring it out and get it in.” the arms of the people. “