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WHO says coronavirus vaccine may be ready by end of 2020

Currently, the WHO-led Covax global vaccine facility has nine experimental vaccines covering 168 countries as it seeks to distribute two billion doses to those who most need them by the end of 2021.
07.10.2020 - 10:32

A vaccine against coronavirus may be ready by the end of 2020, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday while advocating investment in fighting against the pandemic.

“We will need vaccines, and there is hope that by the end of this year, we may have a vaccine,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus.


He was speaking at the end of a two-day meeting of the organization’s 34-member executive board. “So, investing in vaccines while implementing the tools we have at hand will be important, and they will give us better results.”

“The most important thing now is investing in or using all the tools at hand. And many countries have shown that with the tools we have, they were able to suppress and control the pandemic,” said Tedros noting that is why the WHO launched the ACT Accelerator.

COVAX is the vaccines pillar of the Access to coronavirus Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which is co-led by Gavi, the vaccine alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the WHO.

“The most important tool is political commitment from our leaders, especially in the equitable distribution of the vaccines,” said Tedros.