WHO names three countries suffering fast rises in coronavirus cases
Half of all coronavirus cases reported so far are from the United States, Brazil and India, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told in a press conference in Geneva on Thursday.
“We continue to see intense transmission in a relatively small group of countries. Two-thirds of all cases are from 10 countries,” he declared. The most effective tool in the fight against coronavirus pandemic is an active involvement of the population.
“We are asking everyone to treat the decisions about where they go, what they do and who they meet as life-and-death decisions - because they are,” he noted.
Earlier, Mike Ryan, Head of the WHO's Emergencies Program said that “it is going to be the first part of next year before we start seeing people getting vaccinated”. He noted that the WHO is working to ensure fair vaccine distribution.
Mike Ryan concluded that researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against COVID-19.
As it has recently became known, the U.S. government will pay US$1.95 billion to buy 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer Inc and German biotech company BioNTech if it proves to be safe and effective, the companies said.
Another coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) could be ready for public use by the end of this year. Sinopharm Chairman Liu Jingzhen told state broadcaster CCTV that the company expects to finish late-stage human testing within about three months.
The review was prepared based on materials from public sources