Seniors and children first? How H1N1 vaccine was distributed and what lessons are valid for covid-19

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  • André Biernath
  • BBC News Brasil in São Paulo

Amid widespread anxiety for the approval of a safe and effective vaccine against covid-19, experts hold the expectation that a solution to contain the pandemic will be available to the entire population from December 2020 or early 2021.

The message came on Wednesday (10/14) by the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO), Soumya Swaminathan. “For an ordinary, young and healthy person, it may be necessary to wait until 2022 to get the vaccine.”

According to the analysis, it is likely that the world will have an immunizer by 2021, but it should be restricted at first to health professionals, the elderly and people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.

In an interview with the CNN Brasil broadcaster on Tuesday, the sanitarian Mariângela Simão, deputy director-general of WHO, also stated that it is impossible to think about a mass immunization against Sars-CoV-2 in Brazil in 2021.

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