Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

World Health Organization says novel coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months

World Health Organization says novel coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months

According to the information received by the World Health Organization (WHO), the coronavirus spread in China has posed a serious threat to the world.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization mentioned that, "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing".

The world health body also said that it had activated a UN Crisis Management Team, to be led by Dr Mike Ryan that will help the organisation focus on the health response while the other agencies could bring their expertise to bear on the wider social, economic and developmental implications of the outbreak so we are all working to our strengths.

As part of this, they avoided giving references to specific geographies, animals, or select groups of people, so that in no case the name of the disease is used for any kind of stigmatization or to target any community/ethnic group.

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For the moment, he recommends basic precaution measures for the public such as washing hands regularly either with alcohol-based drop or soap, keeping distance from people who are coughing or sneezing, and covering the mouth and nose with tissue or the elbow when coughing or sneezing. The CO stands for corona, while the VI for virus and the D for the disease. They will take time to develop, but in the meantime, we are not defenceless.

"It's also important to remember that while we need investment in research and development, we also need investment in stopping this outbreak now", he noted. The Chinese government has sacked two senior health officials in the Hubei province most affected by the coronavirus. "Outside China, there are 393 cases in 24 countries, and 1 death".

While reiterating that now is a window opportunity to fight the disease as most of the cases have so far remained in China, Tedros also expressed his concerns for the virus to spread to the countries with weaker public health system, which he said "will create havoc".

"We've sent supplies to countries to diagnose and treat patients and protect health workers".

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