Coronavirus: Over 20 vaccines being developed worldwide ─WHO

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In its continued efforts at combating the devastating Coronavirus disease currently afflicting several countries and regions of the global community, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that over 20 vaccines are in development globally, and several therapeutics are in clinical trials towards getting rid of the Coronavirus.

Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, at a media briefing on COVID-19 Friday, disclosed that the first results on vaccines and therapeutics are expected in a few weeks.

Mr. Ghebreyesus Thursday had spoken about the things countries must do to prepare for cases and prevent onward transmission of the virus.

He said the report of the WHO-China Joint Mission had been published, and it is available in English on the WHO Web site.

The report would also be posted in Chinese on the National Health Commission Web site, he stated.

The WHO Director-General notes that the report includes a wealth of information, and 22 recommendations for China, for affected and unaffected countries, for the international community, and the general public.

Ghebreyesus said: “It calls for all countries to educate their populations, to expand surveillance, to find, isolate and care for every case, to trace every contact, and to take an all-of-government and all-of-society approach –this is not a job for the health ministry alone.”

He, however, warned that people do not need to wait for vaccines and therapeutics, stressing that there are things every individual can do to protect themselves and others today.

“Your risk depends on where you live, your age and general health. WHO can provide general guidance.

“You should also follow your national guidance and consult local health professionals,” he advised.

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