WHO in dialogue with Russia on its second COVID-19 vaccine candidate

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it had had very good dialogue with developers of a second Russian vaccine candidate against coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We will only be able to have a position on a vaccine when we see results of the phase 3 clinical trials,” WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan told a news conference in Geneva.

Meanwhile, The World Bank said its executive board approved on Tuesday $12 billion (R197 709 360 000,00) in new funding for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments for their citizens.

The financing plan, part of $160 billion in total resources that the multilateral development lender has pledged to provide to developing countries through June 2021 to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic, was first reported by Reuters in late September.

The World Bank said the financing programme will include technical support to recipient countries so they can prepare for deploying vaccines at scale, and will signal to drug companies that there will be strong demand and ample financing for COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries.

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