A number of countries are in the process of developing the vaccine for the coronavirus. When that happens, who will get first? The Associated Press ( AP ) on Thursday (6/25/2020) reported that the first possible recipient was residents of the country where the vaccine was developed.
Dozens of prospective Covid-19 vaccines are being formulated worldwide, including in the United Kingdom, China, and the United States (US). This week Dr Anthony Fauci, a renowned infectious disease expert in the US, said he was very confident that there would be a corona vaccine in late 2020 or early 2021.
AP reports that several rich countries have ordered experimental vaccines. The United Kingdom and the US, for example, have invested in vaccine candidates developed by Oxford University and produced by AstraZeneca.
If the vaccine is successful, British politicians say British citizens will be vaccinated with it. Meanwhile the US hopes to start stockpiling vaccine supplies in the fall, and has already invested in other vaccine candidates.
Groups including the GAVI vaccine alliance also work to distribute vaccines to poor countries.
AstraZeneca, for example, has agreed to license the vaccine to India’s Serum Institute for the production of 1 billion doses. Then the World Health Organization (WHO) is developing guidelines for the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. The way in which a corona virus vaccine is distributed in a country will vary.
Last week officials in the land of “Uncle Sam” said they were developing a tiered system for it. This system is likely to prioritize groups with severe complications from Covid-19 and frontline workers, in the ranks of the first people to get the corona vaccine.