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Coronavirus vaccine could be ready in a year: EU medicine agency

Amsterdam: A vaccine to counter the new coronavirus could be approved in about a year in an “optimistic” scenario, an agency that approves medicines for the European Union said on Thursday.

As the world rushes to develop a vaccine, the European Union, hard hit by COVID-19, fears it may not have sufficient supplies, especially if a vaccine were developed in the United States or China.

A vaccine to counter the new coronavirus could be approved in about a year in an "optimistic" scenario, an EU medicines agency says.

A vaccine to counter the new coronavirus could be approved in about a year in an “optimistic” scenario, an EU medicines agency says.Credit:Bloomberg

The European Medicines Agency, in communication with 33 developers, was doing all it could to speed up the approval process, the EMA’s head of vaccines, Marco Cavaleri, said, but he was sceptical of claims any could be ready by September.

“For vaccines, since the development has to start from scratch … we might look from an optimistic side in a year from now, so beginning of 2021,” he told journalists.

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