World Health Organization says novel coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2020

The World Health Organization said the first vaccine for the novel coronavirus may be available a year and a half from now, on the same day that it announced that the new virus poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world".

"The main outcome we expect from this meeting is not immediate answers to every question", Tedros said.


The affliction is also known as SARS-CoV-2, according to the Coronavirus Study Group (part of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses), which is responsible for naming the coronavirus itself. They were isolated in their locations of residence as a precautionary measure for a period of 14 days, the ministry stated. There are many basic public health interventions that are available to us now, and which can prevent infections now.

"It's also important to remember that while we need investment in research and development, we also need investment in stopping this outbreak now". Most of the cases and most of the deaths are in Hubei province, Wuhan by 11 Feb 2020. "Outside China, there are 393 cases in 24 countries, and 1 death", said Dr Ghebreyesus.


"We've sent supplies to countries to diagnose and treat patients and protect health workers".

This week's christening comes as the coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000; more than 43,000 cases have been reported in China and overseas.


In the meantime, he tweeted, "there's a lot we can do to prevent transmission and prepare for any further spread". Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, will coordinate the response of the United Nations and is heading a crisis management team.

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