The First Vaccine Against Coronavirus (COVID-19) could be Ready in 18 Months

14 February 2020

GMP News

The first samples of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus may be ready in 18 months, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing in Geneva.

“The first vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19) could be ready in 18 months,” he said.

“The development of vaccines and therapeutics is one important part of the research agenda – but it is only one part. They will take time to develop, but in the meantime, we are not defenseless,” the director general added.

WHO has given an official name to the novel coronavirus that caused an outbreak in China: COVID-19. “We now have a name for the 2019-nCoV disease: COVID-19,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus informed.

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