No vaccine, specific drug against coronavirus yet: WHO

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More than 100 days into the arrival of the novel coronavirus, there is no vaccine or a specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19, said the World Health Organization (WHO). reports citing foreign media.

“No pharmaceutical products have yet been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of COVID-19,” the WHO cautioned.

The organization, however, said that some medicines have been suggested as potential investigational therapies.

Many of these are now being studied or will soon have clinical trials, including the international Solidarity trial co-sponsored by the WHO and its partners.

The global organization said that more than 90 countries are involved in the Solidarity trial to help find an effective treatment of the disease.

“The Solidarity trial provides simplified procedures to enable even overloaded hospitals to participate with no paperwork required” as of April 8, according to the WHO.

The WHO scientists stated that it will likely take at least one year to 18 months to develop a vaccine with the proper testing.

2020.04.13 / 22:53
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