People should not expect that life will return to normal (as in pre-Covid times) until 2022, when there are enough vaccines to go around globally, according to a top official of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said the world can only breathe easily once the global production goal of 2 billion doses is attained sometime toward the end of 2021.
“The way that people are picturing it is that in January 2021 you will have vaccines for the entire world and things will start going back to normal. It is not how it works,” she was quoted in the South China Morning Post as saying last week.
Swaminathan said the WHO’s best assessment for a vaccine roll-out is mid-2021, but the volume may be far too small to completely do away with anti-Covid safety protocols such as social distancing, frequent washing of hands and mask wearing.
To ensure this timetable is met, WHO officials are said to be engaged in talks with the US and China (who are reportedly gobbling up most of the projected vaccine output of the big pharma companies for their own consumption) to participate in the proposed alliance of equitable vaccine distribution.