Singapore Senior Minister Says Covid Vaccine Isn’t ‘Silver Bullet’September 14, 2020
Large swaths of the world population probably won’t have access to a Covid-19 vaccine even if an effective one is developed in the next year, Singapore Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said.
Distribution of vaccines will be a “huge challenge,” Tharman said Monday at the Singapore Summit virtual conference, adding that cheap, quick, and non-invasive testing and better-understood protocols such as social distancing should help to mitigate transmission in the meantime.
“Covid will not be over,” he said in response to a question on how he sees the situation a year from now. “Don’t think of vaccines as a silver bullet.”
Tharman’s comments come as developers of potential vaccines have recently announced positive news, boosting risk markets. Pfizer Inc.’s chief executive officer said it’s likely the U.S. willdeploy a Covid-19 vaccine to the public before year-end, while the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc haverestarted a U.K. trial of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine after it was halted over concerns about a participant who fell ill.
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