G20 leaders plan to shorten vaccine development period to 100 days

Source : 112 Ukraine

In normal circumstances developing vaccines takes more than a decade
21:41, 29 October 2021

G20 leaders are set to commit to supporting efforts to shorten to 100 days the period needed to develop new vaccines, drugs and tests in a pandemic. This is stated in the draft joint document, Тhе Guardian reports.

In normal circumstances developing vaccines takes more than a decade, but the Covid-19 pandemic spurred an unprecedented rush in research, trials and regulatory procedures that made it possible to have vaccines ready in less than a year.

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Now G20 leaders want that period cut further.

In health emergencies caused by pandemics “we will support science to shorten the cycle for the development of safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics from 300 to 100 days,” the G20 leaders say in a draft statement which they are set to adopt over the weekend at a summit in Rome.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, during talks with Vice President and Chairman of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis, announced that an agreement had been reached between the countries on the mutual recognition of Covid certificates.

"Ukraine and Switzerland have also completed the procedure for mutual recognition of documents on vaccination against Covid-19, which will facilitate the travel of our citizens," the minister said.

Related: Ukraine approves list of contraindications for vaccination against Covid-19

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