New developments reported over Coronavirus vaccine

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New developments reported over Coronavirus vaccine

The World Health Organization's (WHO) top scientist said Monday that COVID-19 vaccines will probably be available in December or early 2021 for submission to regulators for approval.

Asked by Anadolu Agency about a possible timeline for vaccines to combat the pandemic, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said: "It's very encouraging to see the progress in the clinical trials that are happening all around the world."

He added: "As you know, we have about 40 vaccine candidates now in some stage of clinical trials, and 10 of them are in the Phase 3 trials, which are the late-stage clinical trials, which will tell us about both the efficacy and the safety."

He said that the earliest date for a vaccine to come onto the market to submit to regulators "is starting from December of 2020, into the early part of 2021."

Dr. Mariangela Simao, the WHO's head of access to medicines and health products, said that the vaccine developed would have to be licensed in the country where the trial took place.