SA to join WHO coronavirus vaccine trial

Date:20 March 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, ,

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed that South Africa will join a multi-country vaccine trial which will begin in June.

During a South African Medical Association briefing held Thursday 19 March, Mkhize said South Africa will contribute to the global Solidarity Trial.

World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus told journalists about the trial during a briefing this week.

“This large, international study is designed to generate the robust data we need, to show which treatments are the most effective. We have called this study the Solidarity Trial,” said Ghebreyesus

The trial will see WHO and partners undertaking a study to compare untested treatments throughout several countries.

Other countries already confirmed to join the trial include: Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France, Iran, Norway,  Spain, Switzerland and Thailand.

Coronavirus in South Africa

While the government have clamped down hard, with new regulations and restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus in the country, the Mkhize has said that positive cases were expected to reach 200 by today (Friday, 20 March).

Citizens have been urged to work from home and practice strict social distancing. This aims to slow the spread and avoid overwhelming hospitals which would not be able to handle an incredible increase in cases.

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