World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global health body does not guarantee if any vaccine in development for Covid-19 will work, reported The Hindustan Times.
“We have no guarantee that any vaccine in development will work. The more candidates we test, the higher the chance we will have for a safe and efficacious vaccine,” the WHO chief said during a virtual press briefing.
Mr. Tedros said that almost 200 vaccine candidates are currently being developed to deal with the deadly virus. All the vaccines are in different stages of clinical and preclinical testing. He said as the history of vaccine development has been, some vaccines are sure to success while some others will fail.
The WHO has developed a mechanism to enable equal distribution of any Covid vaccines among different countries in the future. The mechanism has been developed in collaboration with global vaccine alliance group Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
“The Covax facility enables governments to spread their reach of vaccine development and ensure their population can have early access to effective vaccines. Even more importantly, the Covax facility is the mechanism that will enable a globally coordinated roll out for the greatest possible impact,” WHO’s Mr. Tedros said.
He ensured that the Covax facility will help bring the pandemic under control, save the lives of people and escalate the economic recovery, and ensure that the race for the Covid-19 vaccine is collaboration and not a contest.
The WHO chief urged nations to work together as it was in every country’s best interest to find vaccine for Covid-19.
The WHO chief added that the fastest and the best way to end the global coronavirus pandemic and accelerate the world’s economic recovery is to ensure some people get vaccinated in all countries, and not all people are vaccinated in only a few countries.