World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday that “there is hope” that a vaccine for the novel coronavirus could be ready by the end of this year.
“We will need vaccines, and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope,” Tedros said, without elaboration.
The WHO chief was speaking at the end of a two-day meeting of its executive board on the pandemic.
Tedros said Monday that Covax, the WHO-led vaccine program, is supporting the development of nine vaccines “with more in the pipeline.” Covax aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.