With current vaccine developments, the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel is growing brighter, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus gave an upbeat assessment on vaccine development after recent data showed that more COVID-19 cases had been reported in a recent 4 weeks than in first 6 months of the pandemic.
He was speaking at a twice-weekly press webinar in Geneva on the novel coronavirus.
At the same time, Tedros warned, “the urgency with which vaccines have been developed must be matched by the same urgency to distribute them fairly”.
He said: “With the latest positive news from vaccine trials, the light at the end of this long, dark channel is growing brighter. There is now real hope that vaccines, in combination with other tried and tested public health measures, will help to end the pandemic. No vaccines in history had been developed as rapidly as now. The scientific community has a new standard for vaccine development. Now, the international community must set the new standard for access”.