WHO Says 'Will Not Endorse' Covid Vaccine if Not Safe, Effective

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"We should get enough statistical significance that we can say, "if we see a decrease in COVID-19 infection, the reason we see that is because of the vaccine".

Slaoui said one of these vaccines should be available in quantities to immunize the highest risk patients, including the elderly and those who working in jobs with high exposure to the virus.

Results were expected from some of the candidates already in phase 3 trials, each involving thousands of participants, by the end of the year or early 2021, Swaminathan said.

Tedros appealed to people opposed to vaccination to do their own research. But in this case, she says, "We can't just have everybody come to one site and congregate and potentially give people COVID at a mass vaccination clinic".

FILE- Small bottles labeled with a
FILE- Small bottles labeled with a"Vaccine COVID-19 sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken Apr. 10 2020

FILE - Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020.

Russian Federation announced last month that its vaccine, named "Sputnik V" after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957, had already received approval.

"This is another piece in the puzzle to develop a successful Covid 19 vaccine".

The World Health Organization said Friday it did not expect widespread immunization against the novel coronavirus until mid-2021, despite growing expectations in the United States and beyond that a vaccine could be released within weeks.

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"And we have achieved certain agreements with the leading companies", Dmitriev said in response to an ANI query on the current talks between India and the Russian government on Sputnik V vaccine. Washington and NY officials have also said that they would hold back on distributing such a vaccine.

"The normal time required to obtain these permits presents a significant barrier to the success of this urgent public health program", Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told states in an August 27 letter.

With several vaccine candidates showing promise, UNICEF, in collaboration with the PAHO Revolving Fund, will lead efforts to procure and supply doses of COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of the COVAX Facility for 92 low- and lower middle-income countries whose vaccine purchases will be supported by the mechanism through the Gavi COVAX AMC as well as a buffer stockpile for humanitarian emergencies.

Slaoui firmly believes the US will have a vaccine available before the end of the year. A Gallup poll taken this summer showed that one in three Americans would decline an FDA-approved vaccine.

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Despite what President Trump has said, experts are saying it's not likely that a vaccine could be ready by November first.

"Our work is to get all countries to work together and get all the information and do our utmost to coordinate and ensure that all the information coming in is used to ensure we get the very best for the global public good", said the World Health Organization spokeswoman.

Trump echoed his claims that a vaccine will be ready before the election, but tried to distance himself from politicizing the issue in a Thursday speech in Pennsylvania. At least three vaccines are now in late-stage trials.

The CDC, "if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by Nov 1, 2020", two days before the USA presidential election, said the letter.

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