Switzerland: WHO renames coronavirus COVID-19, vaccines 18 months away

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. Mandatory credit: UNTV

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