Coronavirus vaccine race could risk worsening pandemic if ineffective vaccine is developed, scientists warn
- Experts told WHO that ineffective vaccine is worse than no vaccine at all
- Oxford scientist also denounced ‘capitalist’ race to find a cure for Covid-19
- Ministers said the UK will push any vaccine through the regulatory process
The global race for a coronavirus vaccine could risk making the pandemic worse, leading scientists warn.
Experts advising the World Health Organization say an ineffective vaccine is worse than no vaccine at all because it would make people complacent.
A leading scientist from the University of Oxford has also attacked the “capitalist” race to find a cure for Covid-19.
Ministers announced on Friday that the UK would take emergency powers to push any vaccine through regulatory processes.
A leading scientist at the University of Oxford has also attacked the ‘capitalist’ race to find a cure for Covid-19 (stock photo)
Donald Trump also said a vaccine could be available in the United States ahead of the November 3 presidential election.
But experts have advised the WHO to be cautious.
The Solidarity Vaccine Testing Expert Group warned, “The deployment of a poorly effective vaccine could actually worsen the Covid-19 pandemic if authorities mistakenly assume it leads to a substantial reduction in risk, or if vaccinated people mistakenly think they are immune. “
They recommend that a vaccine be at least 50% effective to be approved.
Oxford University epidemiologist Professor Sir Richard Peto added that rushing to approve a vaccine could be a poor benchmark for future vaccines.
He told the Guardian: “I think there is a big rush, a somewhat nationalistic and also somewhat capitalist rush, to be absolutely the first to register a vaccine, and that will actually make it more difficult to assess the vaccine. ‘other vaccines.
“We need a vaccine that works and we need it soon.
But he warned, “We really need some pretty solid evidence of effectiveness. “
He added that if a low-efficacy vaccine was approved, it would set the standard by which all future vaccines would be measured by