WHO: Coronavirus vaccine could be accessible in fall or winter

  • 16:55 10 June 2020

WHO: Coronavirus vaccine could be accessible in fall or winter

Compared to a vaccine against the new coronavirus, "Europe is far ahead of the United States" and "we are planning to have a substantial part produced in Italy". So "we are organizing to be among the leading countries", said Walter Ricciardi, member of the executive committee of the World Health Organization and adviser to Minister Speranza, ONA reports citing Rai 3.

"I must say with pleasure - added Ricciardi - that in this case Europe is ahead of the United States", because the vaccine that is being developed, the one that sees the University of Oxford united in collaboration with a company from Pomezia , "is at a more advanced stage of development than the other." Compared to the times, he concluded "if things go well in autumn-winter we could have the first doses and of course also those for the Italians".

"From WHO there was an inaccurate and wrong answer" with respect to the fact that asymptomatic patients rarely transmit the new coronavirus, Ricciardi added. "Asymptomatic transmission is, on the other hand, typical of this virus and this is what differentiates it from Sars and Mers". The WHO, however, said, "should be criticized but supported".

The transmission from asymptomatic, "or rather paucisymptomatic or presymptomatic" - explained the virologist - is instead typical of this virus ". This is demonstrated by its contagiousness: "in one month it spread all over the world when other pandemics took 6 months or a year". As for the WHO, he specified, "they have been colleagues under pressure for months but if it did not exist it would be enormous damage because it is the only organization that can fight the pandemic. In fact, from this tragedy, we all go out together or nobody". Therefore, he concluded, "we must support the WHO and criticize it when it makes mistakes as it does now, giving an inaccurate answer and without scientific evidence, but certainly not thinking of abolishing it".