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WHO hopeful COVID-19 vaccines could be available before the end of this year


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On Thursday, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, said the organization was hopeful and hoped that the vaccines COVID-19 will be available by the end of this year.

In reference to a future vaccine for the virus, she noted that approximately 10 candidates have entered the new promising three phases which prove the effectiveness of a vaccine and three of the candidates are in the human testing process.

I’m hopeful, I’m optimistic, but vaccine development is a complex undertaking and comes with a lot of uncertainty. The good thing is we have many different vaccine candidates and platforms, she said, adding that WHO’s focus is also on accelerating and scaling up a potential vaccine.

The world scientist also commented that the clinical trials now show that hydroxychloroquine anti-malaria drug has no effect on the prevention of COVID-19 deaths.

She explained that separate clinical studies had demonstrated the futility of taking the medication to reduce mortality from the deadly viruses in clarifying the position of the WHO regarding Hydroxychloroquine which was called as a “game-changer” by US President Donald Trump to combat coronavirus.

Dr. Swaminathan said further major studies are underway to determine whether or not hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) may have a preventive function before or after coronavirus exposure.

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