141 COVID-19 Vaccines Being Developed Worldwide: WHO Director-General

To date, around 11 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with around 5.15 lakh fatalities, according to reports.

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New Delhi: In an article, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that currently 141 COVID-19 vaccines are being developed in the world.

“Consider the vital role that international cooperation is already playing around the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. This began almost as soon as the coronavirus’s sequence was shared online, and there are now 141 vaccines in development. Leading candidates may be only months from success. Of course, there is no guarantee of full protection, but we are hopeful,” Ghebreyesus said.

He also expressed hope that the United States would continue its cooperation with the WHO despite President Donald Trump’s remarks on the withdrawal of funding for the organization.

The WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11.

To date, around 11 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with around 5.15 lakh fatalities, according to reports.

With more than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases in the United States alone in the past 24 hours, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, several US states imposed 14-day quarantines on visitors in the buildup to the long weekend’s July 4 celebrations.

The United States accounts for about a quarter of all deaths.

California suspended indoor dining at restaurants in Los Angeles and several counties, while New York scrapped plans to allow restaurants to seat customers inside from next week.

President Donald Trump reiterated his belief that the contagion will “at some point… sort of just disappear, I hope.”

But the US leader who has yet to be seen in public wearing a face mask during the pandemic added he would have “no problem” doing so.

India recorded more than 500 fatalities due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Wednesday, the biggest single-day spike, taking its death toll to 17,400 even as 18,653 new infections pushed the infection tally beyond 5.85 lakh, Union health ministry data showed.

According to the health ministry, 507 Covid-19 patients died between Tuesday and Wednesday.

India’s first Covid-19 vaccine candidate by Bharat Biotech Ltd has received the central drugs controller’s approval for human clinical trials.

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