Entertainment WHO welcomes "phenomenal" promise of COVID-19 vaccines

18:30  03 december  2020
18:30  03 december  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) - The promise of COVID - 19 vaccines is " phenomenal " and "potentially game-changing", World Health Organization European director Hans Kluge said on Thursday, a day after Britain became the first Western country to approve a shot. Britain approved Pfizer Inc's

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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-WHO: WHO welcomes "phenomenal" promise of COVID-19


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GENEVA / ZURICH (Reuters) - COVID-19 vaccine promise is "phenomenal" and "potentially revolutionary," said Thursday the European director of the World Health Organization (WHO), following the approval by Great Britain of a first vaccine.

Great Britain is indeed the first Western state to authorize the use of a vaccine against COVID-19, the one developed by the American laboratory Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

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A Covid - 19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech was approved for use in the UK this morning - paving the way for vaccinations to start next week. The chairman of the JCVI Professor Wei Shen Lim said “over 99 per cent of those individuals who are at risk of dying from Covid - 19 " will be protected in the

The promise of Covid - 19 vaccines is “ phenomenal ” and “potentially game-changing”, Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, has said. He said supplies were expected to be very limited in the early stages and countries must decide who gets priority, though the WHO

London thus takes the lead, ahead of the European Union and the United States, in the race for the most important mass vaccination program in history.

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Hans Kluge, who spoke from Copenhagen, indicated that Vaccine stocks would initially be very limited and countries would have to agree on priority targets.

In this regard, the WHO cited a "growing consensus" that the first recipients should be the elderly, health workers and people with other illnesses, as Britain expects.

Asked about the various regulatory procedures, a WHO official said his organization and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) asked Britain to share documents used in the vaccine approval process from Pfizer and BioNTech.

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published its Covid - 19 priority list today, advising that care home residents and the staff who treat them should be the first Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine has been shown to block 95 per cent of Covid - 19 infections in late-stage trials, with equal

He even urged those who are most at risk to take the vaccine . 'If you are in that category, if you are elderly, if you've got a preexisting condition, if you're a Doctors and nurses say they are concerned about the speed at which COVID - 19 vaccines were researched and developed as well as possible

This request, which could allow other agencies to speed up assessments, could also boost confidence in possible targets for future vaccinations, said Siddhartha Datta, WHO's program manager on vaccine-preventable diseases.

"The future looks brighter," said Hans Kluge, confident about the positive results of vaccine trials developed by Moderna and AstraZeneca.

"The more candidates we have, the greater the chances of success," commented Hans Kluge at a press briefing. "Vaccines, combined with other public health measures, bring an end to a severe phase of the pandemic and rebuilding economies is within reach," he added.

(French version Juliette Portala, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)

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