April 23, 2020 / 6:00 PM / a month ago

WHO to launch initiative to share COVID-19 drugs, tests and vaccines -statement

GENEVA, April 23 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said it would announce a “landmark collaboration” on Friday to speed development, production and the use of safe, effective drugs, tests and vaccines to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19.

In a brief statement issued on Thursday the Geneva-based agency said the initiative being announced with partners aims to make technologies against the disease “accessible to everyone who needs them, worldwide”, but gave no details.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on April 6 that he planned to announce an initiative to accelerate the research, development and production of vaccines and also design mechanisms for equitable distribution. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay Editing by Chris Reese)

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