G20 set to commit to cutting period to develop vaccines in pandemic- draft

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G20 set to commit to cutting period to develop vaccines in pandemic- draft
G20 set to commit to cutting period to develop vaccines in pandemic- draft   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">ROME</span>/BRUSSELS – Leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies 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, according to a draft joint document.</p> <p>In normal circumstances developing vaccines takes more than a decade, but the <span class="caps">COVID</span>-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.</p> <p>Now G20 leaders want that period to be cut further.</p> <p>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,” says a draft statement seen by Reuters that G20 leaders are set to adopt over the weekend at a summit in Rome.</p> <p>The draft is still subject to last-minute changes, but officials said that this commitment is expected to remain unchanged.</p> <p/> </div>