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WHO chief says no guarantee if any coronavirus vaccine in development will work

At a time when the world is patiently waiting for an effective coronavirus vaccine hoping that it will contain the spread of the contagious disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said they have no guarantee whether a coronavirus vaccine that are in development stage will be effective or not.

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New Delhi Updated on: September 23, 2020 20:41 IST
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WHO chief says there is no guarantee if a COVID vaccine will work.

At a time when the world is patiently waiting for an effective coronavirus vaccine hoping that it will contain the spread of the contagious disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said they have no guarantee whether a coronavirus vaccine that are in development stage will be effective or not.

Speaking during a press briefing, WHO chief Tedros said, "We have no guarantee that any vaccine in development will work. The more candidates we test, the higher the chance we will have for a safe and efficacious vaccine."

"The more candidates we test, the higher the chance we will have of a safe and efficacious vaccine," he added.

According to the WHO, almost 200 vaccines for Covid-19 are currently in clinical and pre-clinical testing.

"The history of vaccine development tells us that some will fail, and some will succeed," Ghebreyesus said.

Also, the WHO, in collaboration with global vaccine alliance group Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), has launched a scheme COVAX.

The aim of the collaboration is to accelerate the development of Covid-19 vaccines and enable equitable access for every country in the world.

The COVAX Facility enables governments to spread the risk of vaccine development and ensure their populations can have early access to effective vaccines.

Even more importantly, the COVAX Facility is the mechanism that will enable a globally-coordinated rollout for the greatest possible impact.

The facility will help to bring the pandemic under control, save lives, accelerate economic recovery and ensure that the race for vaccines is a collaboration, not a contest, according to the WHO chief.

"The fastest route to ending the pandemic and accelerating the global economic recovery is to ensure some people are vaccinated in all countries, not all people in some countries," he noted.

(With inputs from IANS)

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