Ivanuša: “Vaccine by the first half of 2021, children should go to school”

The director of the World Health Organization (OMS) for Serbia, Marijan Ivanuša, said that now is the time to moderately relax anti-corona measures, adding that it was very important for school to start because children need to socialize.

Ivanuša also said that the vaccine against the coronavirus may be ready at the global level in the first half of 2021 and that the objective is to produce two billion doses of vaccine by the end of 2021.

“Children need education, children need to go to school not only to learn but also to socialize,” said Ivanuša, adding that children have not been a major source of infection so far, and that even infected children suffer from a milder form of the disease.

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He reiterated that children under the age of 5 are unable to use masks correctly, and the children between the ages of 5 and 11 will have to use masks depending on the epidemiological situation.

“It is not recommended that everyone use masks. If an epidemic occurs somewhere in a school, we recommend wearing masks with the supervision of the elderly, because we know that masks that are not used correctly can be a source of infection, “said Ivanuša.

He then said that close to 200 different vaccines are currently being worked on around the world, about 20-30 of them are in the clinical trial phase, while four or five are already in the third phase of clinical trials; the hope is that the vaccine will be available to most of the world in the first half of 2021.

“One problem will be how to produce so many vaccines because we would need billions of doses. WHO is working with various partners to provide two billion vaccines by the end of next year, ”concluded Ivanuša.

(Nedeljnik, 31.08.2020)


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