WHO holds press conference on coronavirus outbreak

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Officials from the World Health Organization will hold a press conference on Friday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 69.7 million people worldwide as governments around the world begin to implement the first vaccines.

The report comes as US regulators say clearance for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is imminent. On Thursday night, an advisory panel from the Food and Drug Administration overwhelmingly approved the emergency authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine for use in all people over the age of 15. The UK, Canada and Bahrain have already approved the vaccine for most adults.

It couldn’t come at a more urgent time. More Americans are dying from the disease today than at any other time during the pandemic. The country reported more than 224,400 new cases of the virus on Thursday and more than 2,700 people in the country died from Covid-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week expressed concern about the “growing perception that the pandemic is over.”

Tedros said that while the positive news about vaccine development “encourages us all,” the public must continue to adhere to public health guidelines.

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