Developing a vaccine against Covid-19 is now the most pressing challenge the world faces, and such an enterprise may require funding of up to $18.1 billion to deliver two billion doses by the end of 2021, World Health Organization chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said on Friday.
He said several reports indicate the vital role of oxygen in treating patients with severe and critical Covid-19.
Entos has received a $4.2 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Research Nova Scotia, and the Institute for Ageing for future research to develop the Covigenix vaccine candidates through clinical trials.
14 more Clemson football players test positive for coronavirus
Clemson said it had conducted a total of 430 coronavirus tests on athletes and staff members since the beginning of the month. There were 19 new confirmed cases since the last school update last week, with 14 of them coming from the football team.
"It's clear that to bring COVID-19 under control, and to save lives, we need effective vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics-in unprecedented quantities and at unprecedented speed", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
"Patients with severe and critical Covid-19 can not get enough oxygen into their blood by breathing normally".
Medical oxygen is created by using concentrators which extract and purify oxygen from the air. "Demand is now outstripping supply".
Achraf Hakimi : Dortmund veut à tout prix le garder
L'international marocain ne veut pas retourner au sein de l'équipe madrilène pour être sur le banc derrière Dani Carvajal . Des propositions balayées d'un revers de la main par Zinedine Zidane qui compte sur Achraf Hakimi la saison prochaine.
The head of the World Health Organization emergencies programme, Dr Mike Ryan, said many Latin American countries experienced a 25%-50% increase in cases in the past week.
Countries that choose to participate in the new vaccine project will be able to buy "shares" in what the World Health Organization has dubbed the COVAX facility. A further 170,000 concentrators, with a value of 100 million USA dollars, can be available over the next six months.
"The investment required is significant, but it pales in significance when compared to the cost of COVID-19", said the statement.
The hajj is one of the world's largest mass gatherings.
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After negotiations which lasted almost three weeks were resolved on May 5th, both sides withdrew their soldiers. India has deployed more than 36,000 troops along a disputed Himalayan border, according to local sources.