WHO chief: 7 or 8 'top' candidates for Coronavirus vaccine
UNITED NATIONS: The World Health Organization chief said on Monday there are around seven or eight "top" candidates for a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus and work on them is being accelerated.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a UN Economic and Social Council video briefing the original thinking two months ago was that it may take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine. But he said an accelerated effort is under way, helped by 7.4 billion euros ($8 billion) pledged a week ago by leaders from 40 countries, organizations and banks for research, treatment and testing.
He said the $8 billion will not be enough, and additional funds will be needed to speed up the development of a vaccine, but more importantly to produce enough "to make sure that this vaccine reaches everyone (and) there's no one be left behind."
"We have good candidates now," Tedros said. "The top ones are around seven, eight. But we have more than a hundred candidates."
"We are focusing on the few candidates we have which can bring probably better results and accelerating those candidates with better potential," he said.
Tedros did not identify the top candidates.
Since January, he said, "WHO has been working with thousands of researchers all over the world to accelerate and track vaccine development from developing animal models to clinical trial designs and everything in between."
Tedros said there is also a consortium of more than 400 scientists involved in vaccine development and diagnostics.
The WHO chief stressed that Covid-19 is "very contagious and it's a killer," with over 4 million cases now reported to WHO and almost 275,000 lives lost.
While new cases are declining in Western Europe, they are increasing in Eastern Europe, Africa, southeast Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and other regions, he said.
Tedros said "the pandemic is teaching us many painful lessons," especially the importance of having strong national and regional health systems.
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This guy has the punchable face ever!!
Very easy to bring down a man when the US and its president are after him.
WHO has lost all credibility. Need to throw out this Chinese agent from WHO if it want to stay relevant. India should also stop listening to WHO. We should work to improve our R&D and be independent .
The reality is that there may not be any vaccine just like since the 80's there is no vaccine for Aids yet despite many years of trying to find one
Untrusty WHO chief.
the media need to quarantine this guy and stop publishing his nonsense talking and advice
it is very unfortunate for the humanity that we have a WHO chief who do not have any clue about medical profession