Approval Of 1st Coronavirus Vaccine Encouraging But Challenges Remain In Distribution, WHO Says; Agency Reviewing Pfizer Vaccine, Refines Guidance On Masks

CNBC: WHO says Covid vaccine approval is like arriving at base camp: ‘We still have to climb the mountain’
“Approving a coronavirus vaccine is only the first step toward suppressing the pandemic, as countries race to build distribution networks to deliver the doses to their populations, World Health Organization officials said on Wednesday. … But developing and approving a vaccine is like arriving at base camp on Mount Everest, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a livestreamed Q&A session from the agency’s Geneva headquarters. ‘We still have to climb the mountain,’ he said. ‘It’s a great achievement, but we still have to get there’…” (Higgins-Dunn, 12/2).

Reuters: Vaccines won’t prevent short-term coronavirus surge — WHO (Revill, 12/2).

Reuters: WHO reviewing Pfizer vaccine for possible emergency listing — statement (Nebehay, 12/2).

Reuters: WHO fine-tunes advice on COVID masks for public, health workers (Nebehay, 12/2).

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