COVID-19: Outbreak continues to ignite panic

WHO says novel coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months

Covid-19 has, so far, killed over 1,100 people, while infecting over 40,000, mostly in China.

According to Tedros, the disease presents a very grave threat for the rest of the world, but the world is not defenseless even though there are no vaccines against COVID-19.

"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said during a press conference.

"Like with Ebola in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, our strategy is to hammer the virus at its epicenter in China, where 99 percent of all cases have been reported", WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in his speech at Kinshasa, Congo where he is attending an emergency meeting concerning the Ebola outbreak.

WHO has renamed the 2019-nCoV to COVID-19, under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to represent the entire viral outbreak under one category as "Corona Virus Disease" (COVID).

World Health Organization has activated a UN Crisis Management Team on 11 Feb 2020, to be led by general, Dr Mike Ryan who will coordinate the whole UN response.

The virus originated in the capital city of China's Hubei province, Wuhan.

"We are not defenceless", he said.

These include decisions surrounding easy to apply diagnostics, the best approaches for infection prevention, potential therapies that could be used to treat patients, existing vaccine candidates and how to accelerate them, and what Tedros described as the "infodemic" - the overwhelming quantity of information, being produced and disseminated worldwide. And we're keeping the public informed about what everyone can do to protect their own health and that of others.

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