Coronavirus General director addressed the topic
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the general director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has revealed that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by the end of 2020.
Adhanom Ghebreyesus is more confident than other WHO experts, who had previously stressed that a coronavirus vaccine may not be available until mid-2021.
“We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine,” Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the WHO Executive Committee meeting.
“There is hope.”
Last month, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan warned that potential COVID-19 vaccines are not expected to be available to the general public within two years, although risk groups could use them sooner.
At the end of the two-day meeting, focused entirely on the fight against the pandemic, Adhanom Ghebreyesus concluded that scientists now know more about the virus and what helps COVID-19 to remain a threat.
The most important thing, he assured, is to use the tools that are currently available, such as prevention and hygiene measures, treatments, diagnosis as quickly as possible and contact tracing.
“We know the pandemic will continue to evolve,” he added.
“But we also know we have the tools that work to suppress transmission and save lives right now, and they are at our disposal.
“Especially for the vaccines and other products which are in the pipeline, the most important tool is political commitment from our leaders especially in the equitable distribution of the vaccines.
“We need each other, we need solidarity and we need to use all the energy we have to fight the virus.”
In total, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen 35.8 million cases around the world, with 1.05 million people sadly having lost their life.
Of those 35.8 million cases, 25 million people have recovered.
The countries that have been the worst affected by this virus are the United States (7.53m cases), India (6.76m), Brazil (4.97m), Russia (1.25m) and Colombia (870k).