When will COVID-19 vaccines be generally available in the U.S.?

Chairman of Prime Minister's National Task Force on Science and Technology Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman

AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford on Saturday had recently said that clinical trials for their coronavirus vaccine have resumed in the United Kingdom after the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority's (MHRA) confirmed that the trials were safe.

"This is one of a number of key steps we'll be taking to ensure New Zealanders have access to a safe and secure Covid-19 vaccine when one becomes available", Ardern said.

Depending on the success of the trials, Dr Rahman said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the country between April and June.

Now, as part of this effort, Adar Poonawalla-led Serum Institute of India is set to begin the final phase of human trials for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

In a statement today, MOSTI said the government is now discussing the terms of Malaysia's participation with The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) which is coordinating COVAX. This put pressure on other vaccine makers to do the same.

This file handout picture taken on Aug 6, 2020 and provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund shows the vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus disease, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

"Nasabi natin yung mga need natin na matanggap na (we were able to tell them what we need) so we can already start with the process of regulation and start the clinical trial the soonest time possible", Vergeire said. Phase III trials, involving at least 40,000 people, are ongoing in Russian Federation.

"We already face challenges with vaccine acceptance for many proven vaccines", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in pre-recorded comments, as he spoke about the push to rapidly develop vaccines.

University of Auckland Associate Professor Helen Petousis-Harris, a vaccinologist, said the COVAX Facility was one of the ways the Government could acquire a vaccine, but there was also an interest in negotiating directly with vaccine developers.

Estimates for how many people would need to be vaccinated to achieve "herd immunity" in New Zealand ranged from 50 to 70 per cent of the population, she said.

"The Health Minister must respond now or he may have to answer to the people later on why Malaysia is last in the queue for the vaccines", he said.

On August 15, the Russian Health Ministry announced the launch of the vaccine production.

Whether the issues highlighted in the reports might also affect the distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine remains a question.



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