New coronavirus will be called Covid-19, says World Health Organization chief Tedros

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros on Tuesday said that new coronavirus will be called Covid-19.

“The first vaccine [against coronavirus Covid-19] could be ready in 18 months, so we have to do everything today using available weapons to fight this virus,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.

Tedros said the virus had been named Covid-19, explaining that it was important to avoid stigma and that other names could be inaccurate.

The World Health Organization asked countries to be “as aggressive as possible” in fighting the newly named Covid-19 coronavirus on Tuesday.

“If the world doesn’t want to wake up and consider the virus as public enemy number one, I don’t think we will will learn from our lessons,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“…We are still in containment strategy and should not allow the virus to have a space to have local transmission.”

The coronavirus outbreak in China may be over by April, the country’s senior medical adviser said on Tuesday, but deaths surpassed 1,000 and the WHO warned of a global threat potentially worse than terrorism.


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