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WHO warns vaccine won’t help countries fend off current wave of infections

November 18, 2020


A coronavirus vaccine this winter won’t help countries beat back the current wave of Covid-19 infections sweeping across Europe and North America and overwhelming hospitals, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday.

“We’re not there with vaccines yet. We will get there, but we’re not there,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, during a live Q&A event. “And many countries are going through this wave, and they’re going to go through this wave and continue through this wave without vaccines.”

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