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OVER 40 COVID19 VACCINES ON CLINICAL TRIALS

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As the world grapples with Covid-19 pandemic, the scientific community has lined up 42 different coronavirus candidate vaccines that are in clinical trials.

The progress report on Covid-19 vaccines development by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as of October 2nd, shows that nine of the 42 vaccines are in the final stages of clinical trial.

Although the first clinical trial for the vaccines was in May, most experts think a vaccine is likely to become widely available by mid 2021.

Prof Pontiano Kaleebu, the director of Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), however, said it is hard to predict when the Covid-19 vaccine will be availed.

Previously, a number of experts had also predicted that a vaccine could be availed by the end of November but that hope seems to be fading.

Dr Monica Musenero, the senior presidential adviser on epidemics, said the government is working with scientists to ensure Uganda speeds up vaccine development.

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