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WHO names coronavirus – COVID-19 and says vaccine is 18 months away

WHO names coronavirus – COVID-19 and says vaccine is 18 months away

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The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it.

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.

When will the cure be found?

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.

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