The World Health Organization director-general says the United Nations agency is "extremely concerned" by a surge of coronavirus cases particularly in Europe and North America, saying health workers and systems are "being pushed to the breaking point".
Moderna Inc's experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, the company said on Monday, becoming the second US drugmaker to report results that far exceed expectations.
However, it added it was "extremely concerned" over surging cases in Europe and the Americas where health workers and systems are being pushed to the "breaking point".
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The World Health Organisation's coronavirus dashboard yesterday showed a record daily number of new Covid-19 cases over the weekend.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus returned from quarantine after being identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The average number of new cases there reported each day during the past week has exceeded 150,000.
Globally, infections have soared past 54 million with more than 1.3 million deaths, and experts caution there are still hard and unsafe months ahead. Tedros was returning from a two-week self-quarantine after coming into contact with a person who had tested positive.
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"This is a risky virus, which can attack every system in the body".
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"We need to do everything we can to support health workers, keep schools open, protect the vulnerable and safeguard the economy", Tedros said. "I can assure you that I'm okay and actually very, very busy", Dr Tedros said.
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Ryan also said the kind of mass testing conducted in China will not be something that is available in all nations.