The World Health Organization now calls the new coronavirus Covid-19. This has been announced on Tuesday by Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The organization also reported that the first vaccine against the virus could be ready within eighteen months.
Earlier, the WHO designated the virus as 2019-nCoV. The ‘co’ in the new name stands for corona, the ‘vi’ for virus and the ‘d’ for disease, the English word for disease. The new name had to meet a number of criteria. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that a description was sought that does not refer to a geographical location, an animal, a person or a group of people and that is also easy to pronounce. According to the WHO, this should prevent stigma’s and inaccuracies about the virus.
The WHO is holding a conference in Geneva on combating the virus. WHO Summit leader Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was optimistic that there is a “real chance” that the spread of the virus can be stopped.
The Virus has already killed over a thousand people. More than 40,000 people worldwide are now infected with 2019-nCoV. At least 1,018 people have died from the consequences of the virus. The WHO calls the outbreak of the virus a major threat to humanity.
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