According to an Irish expert, IT could take up to two years for a Covid-19 vaccine to be produced on a large scale.
Dr. Anthony Staines, professor of health systems at DCU, said scientists around the world are rushing to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hope, and it’s a miracle we can even talk about, but we hope it will be available in eight to 10 months,” said Dr. Staines.
“[But] it could take two years, “he added.
While a vaccine can be found in a matter of months, if not weeks, its large-scale development, as well as its ability to navigate through all the necessary approval checks, will take time.
For this reason, no such vaccine should be available in a hurry, despite efforts by some to suspend the lengthy drug approval process.
Dr. Staines’ comments came just hours after Health Minister Simon Harris said social estrangement “will remain a part of life” until a vaccine is found and made available .
Harris said on Tuesday at an HSE briefing in Dublin: “There will be no magic point in early May, where life as it knew it [before coronavirus] can resume.
“I think by being honest, social estrangement will stay a very large part of life, not just in Ireland but around the world.”
Despite this, Dr. Staines suggested that it would not be “possible” for strict restrictions to remain in place any longer.
“I don’t think it is possible for us to continue as we are now, with a country effectively locked,” he said.
“We don’t know when a vaccine will be available.”