According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of eight vaccine candidates for Covid-19 are in the clinical trial while another 110 are in different stages of development across the globe. As governments around the world scramble to curb the contagion, pharmaceutical companies and health institutes in countries like United States, China, and Germany are leading the development to combat the virus, South China Morning Post reported. As things stand, several countries like the US, and China have even announced tentative dates by when they plan to get a vaccine ready.
Zhang Wenhong said a effective coronavirus vaccine can be given to humans as early as March 2021 on Saturday, Chinese Health official. “Developing vaccines are unpredictable. Coronaviruses, like MERS and SARS, have not seen a particularly successful one so far the best scenario is that if one of the vaccines that people create is efficient and progresses fairly quickly, it will be available from March to June next year as soon as possible, “the Global Times quoted Zhang.
US President Donald Trump had earlier expressed confidence that a coronavirus vaccine could be available by the end of the year. “I think we’re going to get a vaccine by the end of the year,” Trump said in a virtual town hall at Fox News. “We’ll get a vaccine much sooner rather than later.” While the world leaders seek to push the date of the vaccine, Covid-19 continues to influence the world with more than 4.6 million people infected by the virus and more than 311,425 deaths.