The first vaccines against coronavirus should arrive in the spring of next year, “If everything goes well”, predicted this Friday the executive director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Italian Guido Rasi.
“It is very difficult, almost impossible, to have the vaccine by 2020. If everything goes well, in the first months of 2021 you can there are three EMA approved vaccines“, Rasi said to 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 dose availability will increase very quickly after approval. I think that, if we are lucky, many who wish to be vaccinated can do so by the summer of 2021 ″, he also predicted.
The EMA director 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 a year of available vaccine, it will 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 vaccine efficacy ”.
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 drugs in the treatment of the disease, the director of the EMA recalled that “there are at least two or three drugs 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 use blood thinners ”
“Now the possibility to start using monoclonal antibodies, which appear to have been used in the White House (for the treatment of US President Donald Trump), it’s very close“Added Rasi.
The Covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than one million and ninety-three thousand deaths and more than 38.5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 2,128 people died from 93,294 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.