Over 50 vaccine trials ongoing for COVID-19, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that there are more than 50 trials for a vaccine on COVID-19, and also a multi-country trial for a drug for the virus.

Fiona Braka, the country officer for WHO in Nigeria, made the disclosure on Tuesday while speaking on Channels Television programme.

According to her, while there is no vaccine for the disease yet, WHO, however, is fast-tracking the process of producing one.

She said: “We currently have over 50 vaccine trials that are in place, trying to work round the clock to fast-track the vaccine development process, and we continue to keep countries informed of that process.

“When it comes to treatment, WHO is leading a multi-country clinical trial. So far, 45 countries have signed up for that.”

According to her, what is being adopted is a “solidarity trial” that would “test different drugs in four different arms against the normal standard of care we are currently implementing.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has infected at least 828,000 persons while more than 40,700 have died since the disease first broke in Wuhan, China in December.

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