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WHO: “Acute phase” of the pandemic may end in mid-2022 if 70% vaccination is reached

The director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuspointed out this Friday that the “acute phase” of the pandemic of COVID-19 could end in the middle of the year if a vaccination rate of 70% of the world’s population is reached.

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Our expectation is that the acute phase of the pandemic ends by the end of the year, of course on the condition that 70% of the population is vaccinated by the middle of the year, around June or July.”, the WHO chief told reporters in South Africa. “It is in our hands (…) It is a matter of decision”, he added

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was visiting the laboratories of the Cape Town-based biotechnology society Afrigen, which manufactured the first messenger RNA vaccine against COVID-19 in Africa.

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Prepared from the sequencing of the publicly available genetic code from the Moderna laboratory, this vaccine will be ready for clinical trials in November and will be approved by 2024.

This vaccine will be more adapted to the contexts in which it will be used, with fewer obligations for storage and at a lower price.”, declared the head of the WHO.

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The Afigen project is supported by the WHO and the Covax mechanism for access to vaccines.

Only 11% of Africans are vaccinated, the lowest rate in the world.

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Source: Elcomercio

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