The existence of a coronavirus vaccine within a year is an “optimistic” forecast, taking into account the tests currently being carried out, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) estimated on Thursday.
“There is a possibility if everything goes as planned some (vaccines) will be ready to be approved a year from now,” Marco Cavaleri, EMA’s chief strategy officer, said in a video conference.
“They are forecasts based on what we see. But I must emphasize again that this would be at best. We know that vaccines in development may not be authorized and disappear,” he added. “We also know that there may be delays,”.
The Amsterdam-based EMA is “skeptical” of reports that a vaccine could be ready in September.
On the other hand, Cavaleri played down the fears of the World Health Organization (WHO) about the possibility that the new coronavirus “will never disappear. ”
“I think it is a bit premature to speak out, but we have reason to be optimistic that the vaccines are coming,” he said. “I would be surprised if we can’t find a vaccine for covid-19.”