As the coronavirus continues spreading globally, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Friday that there is a significant number of promising vaccines against COVID-19 under development across the world. He noted that they will only be endorsed by the global health body when they are deemed to be safe and effective.
At present, Russia is the first and only country to have registered a coronavirus vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V. The country's Health Ministry has stressed that the drug has undergone the necessary trials to prove its effectiveness.
The WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, over 26.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally, with the death toll surpassing 873,200, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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