WHO intensifies efforts for vaccine; 398 new cases

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 14 April 2020: The World Health Organisation (WHO), has intensified its efforts to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus, Covid-19, said a WHO press release issued on Monday.

As part of the WHO’s response to the outbreak, a Research and Development Blueprint has been activated to accelerate the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics for this novel coronavirus.

Under WHO’s coordination, a group of experts with diverse backgrounds is working towards the development of vaccines against Covid-19, the release carried by Wam pointed out.

The group said in a declaration that while a vaccine for general use takes time to develop, a vaccine may ultimately be instrumental in controlling this worldwide pandemic.

“In the interim, we applaud the implementation of community intervention measures that reduce spread of the virus and protect people, including vulnerable populations, and pledge to use the time gained by the widespread adoption of such measures to develop a vaccine as rapidly as possible.

“We will continue efforts to strengthen the unprecedented worldwide collaboration, cooperation and sharing of data already underway. We believe these efforts will help reduce inefficiencies and duplication of effort, and we will work tenaciously to increase the likelihood that one or more safe and effective vaccines will soon be made available to all,” the group of experts said.

398 new UAE cases as screening intensified

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), last evening announced the detection 398 new coronavirus cases of various nationalities, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 4,521.

The new cases were identified as the Ministry has intensified Covid-19 screening and expanded tests among those in contact with previously confirmed cases, said MoHAP.

The UAE Government announced in its regular media briefing earlier today that an additional 172 patients had recovered from the coronavirus after receiving the necessary medical care, raising the total number of recoveries to 852.

The ministry also announced the death of three patients of different nationalities as a result of Covid-19. This brings the total death toll to 25.

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