Coronavirus vaccine could be available in just WEEKS, says head of World Health Organisation


A CORONAVIRUS vaccine could be available in just weeks, says the head of the World Health Organisation.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, said: “There is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine.”

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A coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of this year, according to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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A coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of this year, according to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusCredit: Reuters

He urged world leaders to commit to an “equitable distribution” of any successful vaccine — and for nations to show commitment in the fight against the coronavirus.

Addressing the WHO executive board in a mask, he said: “Especially for the vaccines and other products which are in the pipeline, the most important tool is political commitment from our leaders.

“We should recover together and support those who need support.

“That will help us to open the world together, or for the world to recover together.”

He added: “We need solidarity. We need to use all the energy we have to fight the virus.”

On Monday a top adviser warned that half of Brits will get a Covid vaccine, with the elderly being top priority.

Kate Bingham, who was appointed as the chair of the Vaccine Taskforce back in May, claimed that the public has been “misguided” when it comes to availability of a vaccine.

She said that vaccinating the whole country was “not going to happen” with kids set to miss out.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged world leaders to commit to an 'equitable distribution' of any successful vaccine

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged world leaders to commit to an ‘equitable distribution’ of any successful vaccineCredit: AP:Associated Press
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