Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months: World Health Organization chief

Coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months: World Health Organization chief

In Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, 13,332 cases have been clinically confirmed.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted Tuesday that the virus - now formally named COVID-19 - is "a very grave threat" well beyond China, where it originated and has killed at least 1,113 people.

World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said the forum was fortunate to have doctors from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to present online research data already initiated in China.

The commission added that 8,204 patients remained in severe condition, and 16,067 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.

The leading health experts from around the world met to assess the current level of knowledge about the new disease, identify gaps and work together so that critical research can begin immediately. "They are going to take time to develop - however within the meantime, we're not defenseless", he mentioned.

On Wednesday the Ministry of Health hosted a meeting with national stakeholders to address the local response to the Novel Coronavirus, now called COVID-19.

"Outbreaks can bring out the best and worst in people". The Verge pointed out that within a month of the virus being reported, the U.S.'s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started shipping diagnostic testing kits it developed to labs in the USA and internationally. So far, more than 1,100 people have died of the disease.

"We are not defenceless", he said.

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Two stranded cruise ships have illustrated the fears surrounding Covid-19.

WHO is working closely with the United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as shipping industry bodies, to provide countries with accurate information and advice on the virus, and has published guidance on how to handle public health events on ships.

Health concerns must be balanced with the goal of keeping economies and societies working.

Beijing: The deadly Coronavirus has stirred up the whole world including China.

One patient in Macao and one in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery.

The novel Coronavirus outbreak has caused alarm as it has crossed global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic. The latest information suggests that the virus may be more transmissible than early data suggested.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in December, the virus has spread to about two dozen countries.

However, it was very likely that the virus was passed on indirectly from the small winged mammals to humans via some intermediate species, she added.

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