Vaccine for new coronavirus could be ready in 18 months: WHO

By Reuters   February 12, 2020 | 09:07 am GMT+7
Vaccine for new coronavirus could be ready in 18 months: WHO
Medical staff treat a patient with pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, January 28, 2020. Photo by Reuters.

The first vaccine targeting China’s coronavirus could be available in 18 months, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva on Tuesday.

"So we have to do everything today using available weapons," said Tedros.

The disease caused by virus was officially named "COVID-19" at a conference in Geneva held by the World Health Organization, where the body's chief said countries had a chance of stopping its global spread.

As of Wednesday morning, the global nCoV death toll had climbed to 1,115 and confirmed infections topped 45,000, of whom over 4,500 have recovered.

 
 
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