COVID-19 vaccine could take 18 months to be available, says WHO

It could take 18 months to create a vaccine for COVID-19 disease. This was announced in a statement by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization.

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The newly named corona virus disease, so far, has 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China and with over 1017 have deaths. Outside China, there has been 393 cases in 24 countries, and 1 death.

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Researchers and scientists from around the globe are meeting at the WHO headquarters in Geneva City, Switzerland to discuss and and plan in bringing the world together to coordinate the response to the outbreak.

Dr. Tedros said that it could take 18 months for a vaccine to be ready.

“The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months, so we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus, while preparing for the long-term.” – Dr. Tedros

Below is a Tweet from the official account of Dr. Tedros:

In the same statement, WHO also mentioned about its call for $675 million for the support preparedness and response operations in countries.


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