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WHO chief says vaccines alone won't end pandemic

WHO’s chief said reports of Moderna's experimental coronavirus vaccine were "encouraging news," but cautioned more will be needed to end the pandemic.

GENEVA (AN) — The World Health Organization’s director-general said reports on Monday of drugmaker Moderna's experimental coronavirus vaccine provided "encouraging news," but cautioned that more concerted efforts beyond vaccines will be needed to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed Moderna's announcement its vaccine was 94.5% effective at preventing illness in a preliminary analysis, but said it will take a "full range of tools" such as tests, diagnostics and treatments to stop a virus that has infected 54.7 million people and killed 1.3 million people worldwide, more than 246,000 in the United States alone. Some 35 million have recovered.

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