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WHO: More Than 20 Vaccines Already Being Developed For COVID-19

Several therapeutics are already in clinical trials.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that more than 20 vaccines are already in development globally as a response to the spreading of the coronavirus or COVID-19 virus worldwide.

WHO Director-General doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a media briefing as reported by the Philippine Star that work is progressing in the vaccines and therapeutics. "More than 20 vaccines are in development globally, and several therapeutics are in clinical trials. We expect the first results in a few weeks."

Ghebreyesus also reminded everyone that while there are no vaccines for the outbreak yet, there are already precautionary measures that everyone can follow to protect themselves.

"Your risk depends on where you live, your age, and general health. WHO can provide general guidance. You should also follow your national guidance and consult local health professionals." He added: "Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It's fear, rumors, and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason, and solidarity."

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The Philippines has three confirmed cases of patients infected by the coronavirus and 41 individuals waiting for test results according to DOH’s tracker. There are already 537 people who tested negative from the 2019-nCov.

All the confirmed cases in the country are Chinese travelers who arrived in late January.

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On February 26, Ghebreyesus included the Philippines in the list of nine countries that shows that the virus can be contained. He said in a press briefing quoted by Rappler: "Fourteen countries that have had cases have not reported a case for more than a week, and even more importantly, nine countries have not reported a case for more than two weeks: Belgium, Cambodia, Finland, India, Nepal, Philippines, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, and Sweden."

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III shared with Rappler that the WHO update is an inspiration for the government to remain vigilant. "This should not be a reason for us to be complacent nor should we put our guards down. We should use this as inspiration to do better."

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