10:39 GMT26 February 2021
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    To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved vaccines produced by BioNTech and Pfizer. According to research results, the effectiveness of the vaccine reaches 95 percent, and in the case of those over 65 - over 94 percent.

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres was vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday, according to his post in Twitter. He wrote that was grateful to get his first dose of the vaccine.

    "We must get to work to make sure the vaccine is available to everyone, everywhere. With this pandemic, none of us are safe until all of us are safe," Guterres' tweet reads.

    On 31 December, WHO certified the BNT162b2 vaccine developed by the German BioNTech and American Pfizer companies, after it was approved by the European Commission.

    As the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, earlier announced, the drug has been delivered to all EU countries. The vaccination campaign officially began in Europe on 27 December, 2020.

    According to research results, the effectiveness of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is estimated at 95 percent, and for those over 65, at 94 percent. Serious side effects have not been identified in trial participants, over 40% of whom were those aged 56 to 85. Some 43,500 people have participated in trials of the vaccine that minimizes the risk of severe viral pneumonia.

    Other vaccines are awaiting WHO certification, including one from American Moderna; a vccine from AstraZeneca that was developed by the Swedish-British pharmaceutical manufacturer in collaboration with the UK's University of Oxford, as well as Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.


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