The research to find a vaccine against the coronavirus progresses. Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday, the antidote to the Covid-19 could even be available by the beginning of 2021.
Hopefully a vaccine against the Covid-19 in the months to come ? the President of the Republic is shown to be very optimistic in his remarks Sunday, June 14. Emmanuel Macron is based in particular on the speech of the president of the union of medicine MG France, Jacques Battistoni, who, Saturday, June 13, on FranceInfo, said that the antidote against the new coronavirus could be the next winter.
Among the most promising : the vaccine developed by Oxford university for the laboratory AstraZeneca. Currently in the phase of clinical development, it relies on technology that has already proven effective against other types of coronaviruses : SARS and MERS.
Several vaccines are in the testing phase
If the results of the tests are successful, the vaccine can be produced at a high dose in a very short time : the Alliance Inclusive of the Vaccine (AIV), headed by France, Germany, Italy and the netherlands, has signed an agreement with the laboratory, AstraZeneca, guaranteeing the delivery of 400 million doses as soon as possible, probably at the end of the year.
But before you produce it in large quantity, therefore, remains the need to ensure that it is effective and does not present a danger to humans. For the time being, we know that animal studies prove to be positive. And the first results on 10 000 volunteers in the Uk to show encouraging. However, it must still wait a few months : “ We will know if the vaccine works at the end of the tests of phase 3 in the fall “, stated the CEO of AstraZeneca France Pascal Soriot on FranceInfo Saturday, June 13.
How much would it cost this vaccine against the coronavirus ?
Of course, AstraZeneca is not the only laboratory to be launched in the race against the clock to develop a vaccine. Many laboratories have already advanced in the research. They know, in effect : “ there is a lot of money to be made for a lab in the event of the discovery of a vaccine , “recalls the president of the union of doctors MG France. “It is also extremely important, as it is a priori the best way we have to be quite quiet compared to the epidemic , “underlines Jacques Battistoni. According to AstraZeneca, the vaccine developed by the university of Oxford would only cost 2€ per dose to produce. It will be, provides the laboratory, sold at cost price.
The major economies mobilized to find a vaccine in an emergency
The French State, as many european countries and in the world, is strongly mobilized to help the laboratories to develop an effective vaccine against the new coronavirus. The european Commission in particular has released 10 million euros for the research and supports a project to put in bind 300 hospitals and 900 laboratories.
The goal, says the laboratory, Astrazeneca, is to allow the dissemination of the vaccine to the greatest number : at-beyond the EU, partnerships have been established with the United States and India, or yet with the United Kingdom. Objective : to quickly produce up to 2 billion doses.