COVID-19 vaccine could take a while: public health expert

It could take a while before a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Public Health Medicine Specialist Dr Kerrin Begg says there's no shortcut as potential vaccines must go through a range of trials. #COVID19InSA

JOHANNESBURG - It could be a significant wait until a COVID-19 vaccine is available to the general public, according to a public health expert.

Doctor Kerrin Begg, a public health specialist at Stellenbosch University, said there is no shortcut to bringing a vaccine to the wider population.

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Begg said the process begins with early volunteer trials with healthy participants before testing for safety aspects of the vaccine.

Shet said scientists must make sure the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any potential side-effects. It's only after extensive testing that the vaccine can go into production.

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