WHO holds press convention on the coronavirus outbreak
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World Health Organization officials hold a press conference on Friday to inform the public about the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 69.7 million people around the world as governments around the world begin rolling out the first vaccines.
The briefing comes as U.S. regulators say approval of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is imminent. On Thursday evening, an advisory group to the Food and Drug Administration overwhelmingly approved the emergency approval of the Pfizer vaccine for use in anyone over the age of 15. The UK, Canada and Bahrain have already approved the vaccine for most adults.
It couldn’t be more urgent. More Americans are now dying from the disease than at any other time in the pandemic. The country reported more than 224,400 new cases of the virus on Thursday and more than 2,700 people in the country died of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week expressed concern about the “growing awareness that the pandemic is over”.
Tedros said the positive news about vaccine development “gets us all going,” but the public must continue to adhere to public health guidelines.
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