Tedros said that “co” stands for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said a vaccine for the deadly virus could be 18 months away. The announcement came as the death toll reached 1018 worldwide, after 108 people died from the virus on Monday — the highest daily toll since the outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. Health officials have warned people not to rely on the vaccine, but instead use “available” methods of dealing with the deadly outbreak. “We have to do everything today using available weapons,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a Geneva conference.