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WHO announces coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months | Covid-19 outbreak

The new virus, which continues to spread across the planet, has already claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, while more than 43,000 are on infectadаs.

Covid-19 outbreak, coronavirus.
Covid-19 outbreak, coronavirus.

The director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on Tuesday that the coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months.

We have to do everything now using the tools available, Ghebreyesus said during a press conference, urging the world to unite in an effort to combat the virus and avoid many more cases and much higher costs.

⬛ Ghebreyesus also reported that the new coronavirus, known so far as 2019-nCoV, will be called Covid-19.

Regarding the new name of the virus, the senior official explained that it was necessary to find a name that is not associated with a geographical name, animal, person or group of people, in addition to being easy to pronounce and related to the disease," adding that 'co' means crown, 'vi' corresponds to virus and 'd' refers to 'disease'.

More than 1,000 dead and 43,000 infected

The total number of deaths from the Covid-19 outbreak rose to 1,018 on Monday. The number of infected patients worldwide now exceeds 43,000.

1,017 of the deaths were in China and one person died on February 1 in the Philippines. At the same time, 3,996 people are reported to have recovered from the deadly virus in the Asian giant.

Meanwhile, a new study - conducted under the direction of renowned epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan, who discovered the SARS virus in 2003 - found that the incubation period of Covid-19 can be as long as 24 days. However, these are very rare cases, as the average duration of the 'invisible' phase of the disease is only three days in mild cases and two days in severe cases. 

The researchers also established that the average age of the patients analyzed is 47 years, and that women constitute only 41.9% of those infected. 

⬛ In addition, the overall mortality of the virus was 1.4%, lower than previously reported. 

"Very serious threat to the world"

Previously, Tedros Ghebreyesus warned that the new coronavirus emergency represents a very serious threat to the rest of the world despite the fact that 99% of the cases are reported in China. 

With 99% of the cases in China, the coronavirus remains an emergency for China, but it is also a very serious threat to the rest of the world, the WHO director said, calling for sharing samples of the virus and accelerating research into drugs and vaccines.

The coronavirus in the world

2019-nCoV continues to spread around the world and, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (USA), which is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus in real time and displays the results on an interactive map, the confirmed cases of infection in nations other than China are:

  • Singapore: 45
  • Thailand: 32
  • South Korea: 28
  • Japan: 26
  • Malaysia: 18
  • Australia: 15
  • Vietnam: 15
  • Germany: 14
  • USA: 13
  • France: 11
  • United Arab Emirates: 8
  • United Kingdom: 8
  • Canada: 7
  • Italy: 3
  • Philippines: 3
  • India: 3
  • Russia: 2
  • Spain: 2
  • Belgium: 1
  • Finland: 1
  • Sweden: 1
  • Sri Lanka: 1
  • Nepal: 1
  • Cambodia: 1