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19 Potential COVID-19 Vaccines Currently In Clinical Trials – WHO

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World Health Organization has said that there are 19 potential COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials.

WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, disclosed this in a series of tweets on Thursday night.

It added that South Africa is the first country on the continent to start a clinical trial with the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg testing a vaccine developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute in the United Kingdom.

The vaccine is already undergoing trials in the United Kingdom and Brazil with thousands of participants.

The South African Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA-Trial is expected to involve 2000 volunteers aged 18 to 65 years and include some people living with HIV.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa , Dr Matshidiso Moeti said;

She commended South Africa for participating in the first COVID-19 vaccine trial in the African region.

Speaking on the equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine when one is produced, Tshidi expressed;

She stressed that;

As at Thursday midnight, total coronavirus infections toll in Africa was 546,417, with 12,532 causalities.

South Africa, being the epicentre of their virus in Africa, had a total of 238,339 infections.

Egypt comes second, having 79,254 cases, while Nigeria recorded 30,748 confirmed infections nationwide.

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