But it emerged on Thursday that large-scale testing will apparently take place as the vaccine rolls out, with Sputnik V backers saying around 40,000 people will receive the vaccine starting next week in testing. supervised by a foreign research organization.
Catherine Smallwood, senior emergency officer at WHO Europe, said the agency has entered into direct discussions with Russia and WHO officials are sharing the different steps and information WHO needs to perform assessments. .
WHO’s director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said the agency welcomes all advances in vaccine development, but each vaccine has to undergo the same clinical trials.
“We’re not going through a rushed job of trying to jump to conclusions here,” Smallwood said.
“We want to take our time to really understand where the vaccines are and to get as complete information as possible on the steps that have already been taken.”
The disclosure came as Kluge said the world health body believes Europe can tackle the novel coronavirus without a full lockdown now that authorities are better prepared and have gained knowledge on how to combat it. month.
“With the basic nationwide and additional targeted measures, we are in a much better position to eradicate these localized virus outbreaks,” Kluge told reporters. “We can manage the virus and keep the economy running and a functioning education system,” he added.
The talks come as US President Donald Trump has thrown his weight behind therapeutic treatment for the coronavirus using blood plasma, despite calls for its use to be suspended amid concerns over its effectiveness
Following reports of regulators’ decision to suspend an emergency authorization for its use, Trump said he believed the move could be politically motivated, adding, “I’ve heard fantastic things about convalescent plasma. ”
Emergency Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the use of blood plasma as a treatment for coronavirus has been on hold due to weak supporting data, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Rushed and haphazard approaches to both developing a vaccine and finding therapies for the virus have sparked growing concern from experts, with Trump in particular touting both unproven drugs like hydroxychloroquine and sometimes bizarre cures. , including bleach.
The Indian Ministry of Health has suggested that nearly 30% of the population of the Indian capital of New Delhi may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a serological survey of 15,000 people conducted by the local government, a figure which indicates that the number of infections is much higher than those recorded.
The survey, which tested a sample of the population for the presence of antibodies, was carried out in the National Capital Territory during the first week of August, its Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Thursday during of a press conference.
“We found that 29.1% of Delhi’s population had antibodies, which means they were infected and were cured,” Jain said.
Delhi has a population of 20 million and has recorded a total of 140,767 cases of Covid-19, out of a total of 2.84 million in India.
The results of the investigation are consistent with what other cities like Mumbai and Pune have found, that a significant number of their residents have been infected.
India reported a record daily jump of 69,652 coronavirus infections on Thursday, according to data from the Federal Ministry of Health. Deaths increased by 977 for a total of 53,866.
India is the most affected country in Asia and the third in the world behind the United States and Brazil in number of cases.
Meanwhile, Belgium has announced that schools will reopen on September 1, at the start of the school year, with children over 12 and teachers required to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Sophie said on Thursday. Wilmés.
“The goal is to avoid a second wave; today we see that the situation is stabilizing and improving, ”she said at a press conference. “It is very important that children go to school.”
Belgium has seen a downward trend in new daily cases in recent days, although Brussels, home to EU and NATO institutions, has reported increases albeit at a declining level.
With 9,959 coronavirus-related deaths to date, the country of 11 million has one of the world’s highest per capita death rates from Covid-19. The number of cases stands at 78,897.