UN Orders for Solidarity in Finding COVID-19 Treatment

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Sarah Peddie

The United Nations Health Chief has called for global solidarity to help find a treatment for the COVID-19 virus.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed the world’s media yesterday and informed the public that just 60 days after the virus had first spread across China, vaccine trials have already begun.

So far, there have been over 200,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide and over 8,000 deaths. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners are organising a study which will compare untested treatments throughout several countries.

He commented: “This large, international study is designed to generate the robust data we need to show which treatments are the most effective.”

Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France, Iran, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand have all confirmed that they will participate in the study.

It has been one week since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic - cases continue to rise globally, students are not attending school due to closures, people are working from home where possible and borders have been closed. 

Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund said: “At UNICEF, we are fighting a new virus, debunking myths and battling misinformation, all while looking after the well-being of our staff and our own families.”

UNICEF is also playing its part to help prevent the spread of the virus amongst communities by sharing accurate information of how to keep families safe.

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