DIASPORA DID YOU KNOW? EDUCATION FEATURES HEAT OF THE MOMENT INTERNATIONAL NEWS LATEST GIST SOCIETY GIST WORLD HEALTH ORGNIZATION YET TO ACKNOWLEDGE ANY COVID19 VACCINE DESPITE PFIZER’S ANNOUNCEMENT By Admin Posted on November 16, 2020 3 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin The World Health Organization (WHO) is yet to acknowledge any COVID19 vaccine despite announcement by Pfizer Inc. last Monday that it had made significant progress in the development of a COVID19 vaccine. In a statement on Pfizer Inc website, the company stated that their “Vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis.” They also went on to say that ‘Analysis evaluated 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in trial participants’. Pfizer said their study enrolled 43,538 participants, with 42% having diverse backgrounds, and no serious safety concerns have been observed; Safety and additional efficacy data continue to be collected. However, checks from the WHO website, which was last updated on October 28, 2020; still states that there is not yet a vaccine for COVID but that “Many potential vaccines for COVID-19 are being studied, and several large clinical trials may report results later this year. If a vaccine is proven safe and effective, it must be approved by national regulators, manufactured to exacting standards, and distributed. WHO is working with partners around the world to help coordinate key steps in this process. Once a safe and effective vaccine is available, WHO will work to facilitate equitable access for the billions of people who will need it.” In its own projections, WHO states that it estimates that before COVID19 vaccines will be available for distribution could be up to the middle of year 2021. World COVID19 infections as at date stands at 54.4million infections, 35 million recoveries and 1.32 million deaths. The United States of America (USA) leads with 11.1 million cases and 246,000 deaths. Earlier in the year, a consortium of Nigerian and Portuguese scientists had developed a COVID19 test kit that is capable of detecting a positive COVID19 case within thirty minutes. The pocket size test kit is designed to be affordable and capable of checking the spread of COVID19 amongst the world populace.