Covid-19: first vaccines should arrive in spring 2021, says European drug agency | Coronavirus

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The first vaccines against coronavirus should arrive in the spring of next year, “if all goes well”, predicted this Friday the executive editor of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Italian Guido Rasi. “It is very difficult, almost impossible, to have the vaccine until 2020. If all goes well, in the first months of 2021 there may be three vaccines approved by the EMA,” Rasi told the information television channel Skytg24, quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE.

Rasi clarified that “the first doses for populations at risk should arrive in the spring of 2021, with a significant start of vaccination” and that “the availability of doses will increase very quickly, after approval. I think that, if we are lucky, many who wish to be vaccinated can do it by the summer of 2021 ”, he also predicted.

The director of the EMA stressed that “the arrival of the vaccine will be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, but not the end”, and “that only after one year of available vaccine, will it be known if the pandemic will decrease significantly”.

Asked if masks can be dispensed when the vaccine arrives, Rasi considered that “in principle, certainly not”, adding that it will only be possible to “dispense with distance and masks when the first data on the effectiveness of the vaccine exist”.

These data, he said, will be “the relationship between effectiveness and performance in practice, when you will see how many people respond to the vaccine, its intensity and how long it lasts”. In his opinion, this period “will take at least six months”.

Regarding the use of different medications in the treatment of the disease, the director of the EMA recalled that “there are at least two or three medications or approaches that, with some certainty, are effective, such as using cortisone at the right time, neither too early nor too early. too late, or using blood ‘thinners’ ”“ Now the possibility of starting to use monoclonal antibodies, which appear to have been used in the White House (for the treatment of US President Donald Trump), is very close, ”added Rasi .

There are currently 42 potential vaccines against covid-19 in clinical trials.

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