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WHO chief says COVID-19 pandemic could be over in two years

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday said he hoped the coronavirus pandemic will be over in less than two years.

Ghebreyesus said the world had better technology to fight off the virus in the present time “and in our situation now with more technology, and of course, with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading, it can move fast because we are more connected now,” Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“But at the same time we have also the technology to stop it and the knowledge to stop it,” he added. 

“So we have a disadvantage of globalization, closeness, connectedness but an advantage of better technology. 

“So we hope to finish this pandemic (in) less than two years.” He added that the Spanish Flu of 1918  “took two years to stop”.

However, he stipulated there was a need for unified global efforts to develop a vaccine for coronavirus. 

“That is really key with utilizing the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like a vaccine,” he said. 

But he said the vaccine alone will not end the pandemic and people must make adjustments to their daily lives.

Early Saturday, almost 23 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported with almost 800,000 deaths recorded. 

The deadliest pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu which killed as many as 50 million people and infected around 500 million around the world between February 1918 and April 1920.

 

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Brazilian volunteer in COVID-19 vaccine trial dies 

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Brazilian health authority Anvisa confirmed a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but said the trial would continue.

Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment “there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial,” Reuters reported.

A source told Reuters the trial would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting the person was part of the control group that was given a meningitis vaccination.

The Federal University of Sao Paulo, which confirmed the volunteer was Brazilian, said a review committee had suggested the trial continue. 

The university is helping to coordinate phase 3 clinical trials in Brazil.

 

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Global coronavirus caseload crosses the 40 million mark

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The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide passed the 40 million mark on Monday, according to a Reuters tally. 

Reuters reported that this comes as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere appears to have fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease. 

Experts however believe the true numbers of both cases and deaths are likely much higher, given deficiencies in testing and potential under-reporting by some countries.

The Reuters data shows the pace of the pandemic continues to increase as it took just 32 days to go from 30 million global cases to 40 million, compared with the 38 days it took to get from 20 to 30 million, the 44 days between 10 and 20 million, and the three months it took to reach 10 million cases from when the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China, in early January.

Reuters also reported that record one-day increases in new infections were seen at the end of last week, with global coronavirus cases rising above 400,000 for the first time.

The United States, India, and Brazil remain the worst affected countries in the world. 

 

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US records 7.7m COVID-19 cases while India hits 7m mark

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 7,694,865 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 53,363 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 577 to 213,614, Reuters reported.

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the virus as of 4 pm ET on Saturday versus its previous report a day earlier. 

The US is still the country with the highest number of infections but India is fast closing the gap after it passed the seven million caseload mark on Saturday. 

India’s health ministry reported 74,383 new cases Saturday morning, over a 24 hour period, taking the total to 7,053,806. 

India now ranks the second country to register seven million cases and is approaching figures close to that of the US.

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