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WHO chief: 7 or 8 'top' candidates for Covid-19 vaccine


UNITED NATIONS: The World Health Organization leader stated on Monday there are round seven or 8 "top" applicants for a vaccine to battle the novel coronavirus and paintings on them is being speeded up.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instructed a UN Economic and Social Council video briefing the original considering two months ago was once that it should take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine. But he stated an speeded up effort is underneath approach, helped by way of 7.4 billion euros ($8 billion) pledged every week ago by way of leaders from 40 nations, organizations and banks for research, remedy and trying out.

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He stated the $8 billion might not be sufficient, and additional budget might be had to speed up the improvement of a vaccine, however extra importantly to supply sufficient "to make sure that this vaccine reaches everyone (and) there's no one be left behind."

"We have good candidates now," Tedros stated. "The top ones are around seven, eight. But we have more than a hundred candidates."

"We are focusing on the few candidates we have which can bring probably better results and accelerating those candidates with better potential," he stated.

Tedros didn't determine the top applicants.

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Since January, he stated, "WHO has been working with thousands of researchers all over the world to accelerate and track vaccine development from developing animal models to clinical trial designs and everything in between."

Tedros stated there could also be a consortium of more than 400 scientists considering vaccine development and diagnostics.

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The WHO leader stressed out that Covid-19 is "very contagious and it's a killer," with over 4 million circumstances now reported to WHO and nearly 275,000 lives lost.

While new circumstances are declining in Western Europe, they're increasing in Eastern Europe, Africa, southeast Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and other areas, he stated.

Tedros stated "the pandemic is teaching us many painful lessons," particularly the importance of getting robust nationwide and regional health methods.

"And yet on current trends, more than 5 billion people will not access these essential services by 2030" _ the ability to peer a health employee, get admission to crucial medication, and feature working water in hospitals, he stated.

He stressed out that as the response to Covid-19 continues, countries should additionally lay the foundations for a wholesome, safer and fairer world.

"The world spends around $7.5 trillion on health care each year, almost 10 percent of global GDP, but the best investments are in promoting health and in preventing disease at the primary health care level which will save lives and save money," Tedros stated.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed instructed the briefing that each one countries are "in it together" but the rapid precedence should be probably the most prone nations and communities.

She called for a new debt reduction program for prone nations so their economies can get well.

And she stated measures to offer protection to and stimulate the economic system, from cash transfers to credit and loans should be targeted at ladies "who make up the majority of those in the hardest-hit informal economy, and who are at the forefront of the community response."

The head of the International Labor Organization stated the UN company estimates the similar of 305 million full-time jobs might be lost around the globe in the second one quarter of this yr, which results on June 30.


ILO Director-General Guy Ryder instructed the briefing that by way of comparability, simplest 22 million full-time jobs have been lost straight away when the financial disaster hit in 2008-2009, "so you can see we're in an entirely different place."


Ryder stated it is usually often forgotten that 60 percent of the global team of workers of three.3 billion have jobs in the casual economic system, most of them ladies.


He stated the ILO estimates that in the first month of the pandemic, with lock-downs and economic shutdowns, "these people have lost on average 60 percent of their income, their revenues from work." And they're concentrated in nations with scarce resources and the weakest social coverage methods, he stated.


Ryder called for international cooperation to assist those most in want and for stepped up efforts to stay enterprises alive, retain jobs, deal with the hyperlink between enterprises and employees even if they may be able to't paintings now.


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