Mon 23 November 2020:
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus gave an upbeat assessment on vaccine development after recent data showed that more COVID-19 cases had been reported in a recent 4 weeks than in first 6 months of the pandemic.
He was speaking at a twice-weekly press webinar in Geneva on the novel coronavirus.
At the same time, Tedros warned, “The urgency with which vaccines have been developed must be matched by the same urgency to distribute them fairly.”
He said: “With the latest positive news from vaccine trials, the light at the end of this long, dark channel is growing brighter.
AFTER PARLIAMENTARY POLLS
DAY IN SUDAN’S DARFUR
FIRST BATCH OF RUSSIAN VACCINES
BEFORE JOE BIDEN INAUGURATION:
ACTING PENTAGON CHIEF
AS SCIENTISTS STUDY NEW VARIANT
YOU CAN ENHANCE CONCRETE WITH IT
BACKED FIGHTERS IN SYRIA’S HOMS
PROJECT TO START JAN 26
DESPITE OBJECTION FROM
ECONOMY GREW 2.3% IN 2020
WANTS 70% VACCINATION
RATE IN BLOC BY SUMMER
“There is now real hope that vaccines, in combination with other tried and tested public health measures, will help to end the pandemic.”
He stressed that no vaccines in history had been developed as rapidly as now.
“The scientific community has a new standard for vaccine development. Now, the international community must set the new standard for access.”
The WHO was asked to comment on news of a vaccine developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca at Oxford University that has 70% efficacy against the novel coronavirus.
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