The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there’s hope for a COVID-19 vaccine for global distribution before the year ends.
Closing his Tuesday address to the special executive board meeting, the WHO Director-General said: “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope,” Tedros said without further elaborating on the topic.
Reinstating the need for a joint and global effort to battle the pandemic,the DG said countries must colletively make use of the tolls at hand like the ACT accelarator, to battle the virus, at the same time invest in new technolgy.
“But especially for vaccines and other products which are in the pipeline, the most important tool is a political commitment from all leaders, especially in the affordable distribution of the vaccines,” he said emphasizing the need for solidarity.
Nine vaccines for the novel coronavirus are in the pipeline in the WHO-led COVAX facility that aims to deliver over 2 billion doses by the end of 2021. Thirty of these are in advanced stages of a clinical trial.
Across the world, over 150 candidates are developing a potential vaccine for the virus which originated in Wuhan last year and has now spread across the world into a global epidemic.
WHO’s COVAX facility, led by public-private partnership GAVI alliance has 168 nations on the bandwagon where the members are guaranteed fair and equal distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine once available.