World Health Organization says it will not endorse a coronavirus vaccine that is not ‘effective and safe’

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The World Health Organization ‘will not endorse a vaccine that is not effective and safe’, the WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

Speaking at his regular press briefing in Geneva, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there are “a number of promising” vaccines, but they will only be used on people if they are effective and and safe.

He said the WHO has a track record of using effective and safe vaccines that have changed the world in the past decades and years.

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The WHO boss also called for countries around the world to join forces to tackle the coronavirus and reject “vaccine nationalism” that would only slow the response to the pandemic.

“Vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic,” Tedros told reporters at a WHO briefing in Geneva.

The WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance are leading a global vaccine initiative  known as COVAX aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination to everyone that may need it around the world.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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