The World Health Organization (WHO) named coronavirus COVID-19, explaining that it was important to avoid «inaccurate or stigmatising» alternatives at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday.
«We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,» said the WHO Director-General... Еще Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
A first vaccine targeting coronavirus or COVID-19 will be available in 18 months, according to the WHO chief.
«We have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus, while preparing for the long-term,» added Tedros.
The death toll rose above 1,000 on Tuesday, with more than 42,000 infected in China alone.
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