Coronavirus: SA joins vaccine trials, WHO warns Africa to prepare

Coronavirus: SA joins vaccine trials, WHO warns Africa to prepare

- The World Health Organisation says SA has committed to being a part of the vaccine trials for the coronavirus

- While the process may still take months, other treatments are expected much sooner

- This comes as the WHO urges Africa to prepare for the worst when it comes to the virus

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The World Health Organisation has noted that South Africa has agreed to form part of a series of coronavirus vaccine trials.

Various methods will be used in a bid to trial treatments to combat the current global pandemic.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the multinational trials are designed to generate data on which methods work the best.

While a vaccine may take months to develop, other treatments are expected much faster in the fightback against Covid-19.

Ghebreyesus revealed this initiative will be called the Solidarity Trial and more nations are expected to join soon.

READ ALSO: Coronavirus: SA records triple-digit cases after spike to 116

SABC reports that Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France, Iran, Norway, Spain and Thailand have also signalled their intention to join the effort.

This comes as Sub-Saharan Africa records its first death in the pandemic in Burkina Faso, with Ghebreyesus urging the continent to 'wake up and prepare for the worst':

“Africa should wake up, in other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point”.

While Africa has managed to ward off the pandemic in comparison to other countries, recent times have seen a significant influx in the number of cases.

Experts cautioned that with undermined health infrastructure, poverty and over-crowding, Africa faces a massive risk with the contagious disease.

Briefly.co.za reported that confirmed cases in South Africa were at 116 on Wednesday, with an increase in the number of local transmissions noted by the Department of Health.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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