Mixed picture in Europe, coronavirus vaccine at least 12 months off: WHO


“The overall world outbreak, 90 percent of cases are coming from Europe and the United States of America. So we are certainly not seeing the peak yet,” WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris instructed a briefing in Geneva.

The WHO will difficulty steerage to member states itemizing six steps that they should guarantee they’ve in place earlier than beginning to ease any restrictions. (Photo: REUTERS)

The variety of new instances of COVID-19 is easing in some components of Europe, together with Italy and Spain, however outbreaks are nonetheless rising in Britain and Turkey, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Tuesday.

“The overall world outbreak, 90 percent of cases are coming from Europe and the United States of America. So we are certainly not seeing the peak yet,” WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris instructed a briefing in Geneva.

The WHO will difficulty steerage to member states later in the day itemizing six steps that they should guarantee they’ve in place earlier than beginning to ease any restrictions, she stated.

“The most important one is, is your transmission controlled?”

The United States has the biggest epidemic at present and has been a “fantastic partner” in addition to being the biggest donor to the WHO, Harris stated.

“There will always be criticisms of organisations, it’s important to listen criticism especially constructive criticism,” she stated. “And our work will go on regardless of any kind of issues.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, voiced confidence on Monday that the United States would proceed funding his U.N. company, regardless of President Donald Trump’s criticism of the WHO’s dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russia has develop into China’s largest supply of imported instances, with a complete of 409 infections originating in the northern neighbour.

“China in fact is now really focusing on looking at – apart from making sure that there are not new local cases – but their biggest threat is imported cases,” Harris stated.

On vaccines, Harris stated: “We really shouldn’t be expecting to see the vaccine at least for 12 months or longer.”

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