UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Coronavirus vaccines will begin to be tested in humans after 3-4 months. This was reported by representatives of the World Health Organization following a global forum that ended on the eve of Geneva.
The COVID-2019 coronavirus forum, the head of WHO is leaving in a clearly good mood, but without comment. Although there have been reasons for optimism , the virus continues to take lives.
“This outbreak can still go in any direction,” admits Tedros Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization.
It became known at the forum that there are already promising candidate vaccines. Four options will begin to be tested in humans after 3-4 months, and the vaccine will be available after 1.5 years. Manufacturers of drugs explain: they could be faster, but there is a bureaucracy, despite the emergency.
“We must obediently fulfill different requirements before we can actually work with patients. And it’s impossible to speed up this process, there are regulatory barriers,” said Lu Wong, executive director of Flow Pharma, China.
Hong Kong has put forward a new version of the spread of the virus – through sewers. Infected recognized 62-year-old woman who did not visit Wuhan and did not communicate with other infected. Passengers of the Diamond Princess ship , which is quarantined in the port of Yokohama, are afraid to catch coronavirus through ventilation .
“What we know for sure about the virus is that it spreads through the droplets. This infection cannot get into the air conditioning system through the airway. But we still do not have a full understanding of the epidemiology of this disease,” says Sumia Swaminathan, WHO Senior Scientist, Deputy WHO Director-General.
The situation on the liner, where 24 Russians are located, and the number of infected people is growing, is being monitored in Geneva. The WHO believes that so many passengers managed to get sick, because the reaction of the authorities was not prompt enough.
“In the beginning, passengers could freely navigate the entire ship. It turns out that they did not take the situation seriously. Now we see that the number of infected people is growing, and I hope that the safety measures on the liner are now much stricter, like the ones China uses on its territory “, Explains Marie-Paul Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General.
It turns out that WHO sets the Japanese reaction to the Chinese authorities as an example. Now experts are considering the use of drugs for HIV and Ebola against the new coronavirus.
Cautious optimism – with such a mood ended the forum at the World Health Organization. The growth rate of the number of infected is reduced. This means that the measures taken by China have been effective, but it is not yet known whether it will be possible to contain the spread of infection in other countries.
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