February 11, 2020 / 3:42 PM / 12 days ago

Vaccine for new coronavirus 'COVID-19' could be ready in 18 months: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The first vaccine targeting China’s coronavirus could be available in 18 months, “so we have to do everything today using available weapons”, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva on Tuesday.

He said the virus had been named COVID-19, explaining that it was important to avoid stigma and that other names could be inaccurate.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehey; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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