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WHO cautions against haste for vaccine

Lack of solidarity worrisome as world races against virus

On the race for the vaccine and certain governments predicting dates, Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said it is a “race against virus and race to save lives and race against time”.

GENEVA, Sep 10 (BNC Network) Without naming the United States, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today said that lack of global solidarity worries him the most in tackling the pandemic, while the scientists cautioned against hurrying into a race for COVID vaccine.

Lack of solidarity is a good opportunity for the virus, Dr Tedros said. Solidarity though happening is not enough, he remarked.

Global heads need to join hands, he said.

US President Donald Trump had expressed his reservations against the WHO for the way it handled COVID and even walked out of funding the global health body.

On the race for the vaccine and certain governments predicting dates, Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said it is a “race against virus and race to save lives and race against time”.

WHO Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said the vaccine requires a series of tests and clinical trials and the world must have patience. We have to see the safety of the people she said cited the halting of Oxford vaccine trials as an example of exercising caution in the interest of safety against side effects. It is part of the protocol, she said.

“There is no way to predict the date (of launching the vaccine for the masses),” she pointed out and said the vaccine needs minimum of six months of clinical trials and follow-ups thereafter. Though some labs have started trials in July, the world has to wait for the efficacy and safety.

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