Vaccine needed to stop coronavirus transmission, says WHO
It will be impossible to stop the COVID-19 pandemic without a vaccine, admitted the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He said that the novel coronavirus spreads fast and it is 10 times deadlier than the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which lasted from January 2009 until August 2010 and infected more than 1.6 million people. However, the COVID-19, which emerged in the end of December 2019 in China, has already infected nearly two million people. According to the World Health Organization, the death rate from the novel coronavirus is higher than from the swine flu. While H1N1/09 virus killed 18,449 people, coronavirus killed over 120,000.
“Ultimately, the development and delivery of a safe and effective vaccine will be needed to fully interrupt the transmission,” Ghebreyesus said during a virtual briefing from Geneva.
Meanwhile, the government of China authorized clinical trials of a vaccine from the novel coronavirus. According to Chinese media reports, this vaccine will become the second in the country and the third in the world to pass into the stage of the human tests.