The world now has 102 potential COVID-19 vaccines being developed - WHO

The world now has 102 potential COVID-19 vaccines being developed - WHO

- There are currently 102 potential COVID-19 vaccines being developed, the World Health Organisation has said

- The organisation says eight of the potential vaccines have been approved for clinical trial

- The deadly coronavirus has killed hundreds of thousands around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that 102 potential COVID-19 vaccines are currently being developed around the world.

Scientists worldwide are in search of a permanent solution to the deadly disease that has killed hundreds of thousands around the world.

Documents posted on the organisation’s website on Thursday, April 30, indicated that eight of the potential vaccines have been approved for clinical trial.

WHO stated that China’s vaccine clinical trial request was accepted recently as the organisation only had seven vaccine requests some days ago.

In other news, a Nigerian doctor identified as Babafemi Taiwo is leading a major study on an antiviral drug named Remdesivir that appears to be effective in treating COVID-19.

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Dr Taiwo was interviewed by CNN and he explained the result of the drug in treating coronavirus.

According to preliminary results of Remdesivir, the drug can help hospitalised COVID-19 patients recover faster.

Preliminary data from the National Institutes of Health indicated that Remdesivir appears to help patients with coronavirus recover faster, but it does not significantly reduce death.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a Brooklyn schoolteacher, Rana "Zoe" Mungin, had died from complications of coronavirus after she was initially denied tests, her family said.

The 30-year-old died on Monday, April 27, from the pandemic that has ravaged the world and brutalised New York City.

The deceased's sister Mia Mungin said Zoe showed her first symptom - a fever - on March 12 and went to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn on March 15 but she was told that she could not be tested for coronavirus.

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Mia, who is a nurse, said: "I just feel like the health care system failed her on so many levels. The health care system failed us, something that I stood for for 20 years."

Zoe's condition was said to have worsened, which prompted her family to call 911 on March 19.

According to loved ones, even after Zoe got to Brookdale that day, she was again denied coronavirus test.

"She said to me, 'Mia, they still don't want to test for me this virus.' 'He keeps telling me that my lungs are clear, even though I'm still short of breath,'" Mia recalled her sister saying. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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