Covid-19 vaccine won't be ready until end of 2021 - European expert

Covid-19 vaccine won't be ready until end of 2021 - European expert

- Pasi Penttinen of the European Centre for Disease Control has said that it may take up till the end of 2021 to find a coronavirus vaccine

- According to the scientist, making a vaccine involves a lot of money and the process is not so simple

- The scientist added that for the cure to be ready within that time frame would even be a thing of a miracle

A European expert, Pasi Penttinen, has said that the coronavirus vaccine will not be ready until the end of 2021 under “most optimistic of scenarios".

In speaking with Sky News, he said that the process of developing a vaccine is a very complicated and expensive one, saying to ascertain its effectiveness, so many human trials would have to be done.

“On top of that, you need to make sure in this kind of situation of your manufacturing capacity, which essentially is sufficient for the whole world.

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"Having a one-and-a-half to two-year timeline to get that done is nothing short of a miracle,” he continued.

It should be noted that Penttinen is the head of the ECDC’s influenza and other Respiratory Viruses Programme.

A collage showing Pasi and a medical expert in a laboratory.
A collage showing Pasi and a medical expert in a laboratory.
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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Chinese government mandated their students to wear one-meter hats as a way to keep social distancing in their classrooms after schools resumed from a three-month lockdown.

A video seen by the media shows how the hats are made with sticks on both ends to ensure that nobody comes close to the wearer at one metre.

The government is putting up this unconventional method as it continues to seek ways to ease the lockdown that has been active for three months.

It should be noted that the idea of the hats was mooted by the Yangzheng Primary School in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province of China after it welcomed his year 1 to 3 students back on campus on Sunday, April 26.

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"We encourage our students to wear the one-metre hats to stay at least one metre (three feet) away from each other," Mr Hong, the school’s principal said.

Another thing worthy of note is that the teacher had instructed the students to make the hat with their parents at home before coming to school.

The students are also banned from having any physical contact with their classmates and must also not touch their hats. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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