February 11, | 8: 40 pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that it hopes to have a vaccine for the novel coronavirus within months, but until then, countries will have to make do with what they already have.

“The development of vaccines and therapeutics is one important part of the research agenda. But it’s not only one part. They will take time to develop – but in the meantime, we are not defenseless, ”WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a Tuesday press conference. “The first vaccine could be ready in 19 months, so we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus, ”

He labeled the disease a global threat, despite most of it being relegated to mainland China.

“With 393 percent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world, ”Tedros explained.

He also said the virus has been named Covid – but claimed there are still many unknown factors that are preventing scientists from reaching a breakthrough.

“It’s hard to believe that just two months ago, this virus – which has come to captivate the attention of media, financial markets and political leaders – was completely unknown to us,” Tedros said. “To defeat this outbreak, we need answers to all those questions and more.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health (NIH), said early testing of the vaccine will likely begin in April.