The COVID-19 vaccine could go on the market from December 2020,...

Soumya Swaminathan, director of the WHO, predicts that the earliest date for it to go on the market is December 2020 or early 2021.

Mexico City, October 13 (AS México) .- The World Health Organization (WHO) is pleasantly surprised with the evolution that the development of vaccinations against COVID-19. “It is very encouraging to see the progress in clinical trials that are being carried out around the world,” said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, deputy director general of programs at the WHO, at a press conference on Monday.

Regarding a possible calendar for the commercialization of the vaccine, Swaminathan predicted that the earliest date for this to go on the market to present it to the regulators “it is from December of 2020, until the beginning of 2021 “. It will be at that moment when he hopes that the trials of some pharmaceutical companies “begin to provide data for regulators to examine.” However, after that, he added that regulators should review the data before making their decisions. “This will be a lot of data, and also for the WHO,” he suggested. Therefore, the green light to market it could be delayed until the end of the first quarter.


On the race to develop a drug to end COVID-19, Swaminathan revealed that “we now have around 40 vaccine candidates at some stage of clinical trials, and 10 of them are in phase 3 trials, which are the late-stage clinical trials, which will inform us about efficacy and safety. “

The prototype jointly developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca is one of the most advanced to date. The designs of other companies that rush their last months before the definitive launch have also gone very far, such as Pfizer, Moderna or Jonhson & Jonhson, which has announced the “temporary” suspension of its trials due to “an inexplicable disease”, as it has already told went to Moderna.


The WHO has been open to analyzing the results of any research in the world that has reached at least the second phase of the trials. “We hope this helps advance the process to analyze efficacy and also to anticipate production capacity,” said the chief of access to medicines, Mariângela Simao.

The WHO has been open to analyzing the results of any research in the world that has reached at least the second phase of the trials. Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi / Keystone via AP

On the other hand, Dr. Simao explained that the vaccine developed would have to be licensed in the country where the trial was carried out. “We also have the manufacturing capacity that will need to be available to be used at the country level. Many, many steps must be taken after your Phase 3 trial actually ends, ”he added before making it clear that WHO works closely with national regulatory authorities.


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