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Hope for a vaccine against COVID-19 by year-end: WHO

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At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has engulfed the entire world with thousands of people dying every day, a vaccine seems to be the only hope. However, there is still no clarity on when a safe vaccine will be available, with various vaccine manufacturers working on different deadlines.

In such a situation, a ray of hope has emerged from the statement made by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday. The WHO chief has said that a vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by the end of the year. However, he did not give any further detail regarding the same.

Addressing the end of a two-day meeting of its Executive Board on the pandemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope.”

Nine experimental vaccines are in the pipeline of the WHO-led COVAX global vaccine facility that aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.

3.55 cr cases of COVID-19 across world

According to the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, 3.55 crore cases of COVID-19 have been reported across the globe. The US leads the countries in terms of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths. Notably, 74.61 lakh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the US till date. Similarly, 2.10 lakh deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported from the US.

As of Tuesday, 10.45 lakh people have succumbed to the deadly virus across the globe.

66.85 lakh COVID-19 cases in India

The health ministry on Tuesday informed that 61,267 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 66.85 lakh.

Also Read: Gujarat COVID-19 Update: 1,335 new cases

So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

1.03 lakh COVID-19 deaths in India

Also, 884 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,03,569.

Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 800 for the past many days. However, it dipped below the 800-mark on September 29 when 776 deaths were reported. Previously, it had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.

Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 60,000-mark for the past few days. However, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.

 

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