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WHO announces timing of development of vaccine against coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Up to two years, it may take to develop a vaccine against coronavirus, and the arrival of warm weather may affect the reduction in infections, said Walter Ricciardi, Executive Committee member of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Traditional flu vaccines have no effect, because the vaccine must be studied specifically for this new coronavirus. Therefore, we must work a couple more years,” he said on Tg2000.

According to him, the outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy may be due to the fact that “in the last two or three weeks people have entered the country from high-risk areas that have not been intercepted.”

The WHO representative, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Health, became the coordinator of collaboration with international medical structures. In an interview with the newspaper Il Messaggero, Ricciardi warned that the pneumonia caused by the coronavirus leads to higher mortality than the flu.

“If we do not stop her quickly, she runs the risk of requiring more places in the intensive care units that are in our hospitals. Of course, the arrival of heat can help us, but we cannot wait for the summer,” said a WHO spokesman.

Speaking about the ratio of recovering and sick, he assured that “80% are recovering,” “2-3%, unfortunately, are dying,” the rest are faced with complications of varying degrees.

Ricciardi takes an active part in press conferences held by the head of the Civil Defense Service, Angelo Borrelli. On them, he repeatedly stated that medical masks do not help healthy people, but are needed only as a protective measure for doctors or already sick. Speaking about the tests for coronavirus, he said that in Italy there were 4 thousand, while in France 300 tests were performed.

According to recent data, in Italy recorded more than 280 cases of infection. Seven people became victims of the coronavirus. All deaths occurred with elderly people, the condition of which in some cases was aggravated by side diseases, including oncological ones.

By decision of local authorities in six northern regions of the country at least a week closed children’s institutions, schools and universities. In a number of areas, all public events of a cultural, sports and religious nature are prohibited.

The vast majority of cases were recorded in the north of the country, but on Tuesday the first cases of infection in Sicily and Florence were confirmed.

There were no cases of infection of Russian citizens in Italy , however, the embassy recommends that the Russians unnecessarily refrain from traveling to the regions affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.

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