Covid vaccines without needless may be out year-end: WHO expert

Soumya Swaminathan

Chennai: World Health Organisation’s (WHO) top scientist Soumya Swaminathan has said new, improved coronavirus vaccines that do not require needles and can be stored at room temperature may be out by the end of this year or the next year.

“We’re thrilled with the vaccines that we have, but we can improve further,” she said and added: “I think, well into 2022, we are going to see the emergence of improved vaccines.”

According to news agency Bloomberg, Soumya added that six-to-eight new immunisations may complete clinical studies and undergo regulatory review by the end of the year.

With the spread increasing once again, the demand for vaccines is increasing as drugmakers struggle to meet orders. According to figures, only 122 countries have started immunising people.


NT Bureau