The World Health Organization (WHO) officials on Monday welcomed efforts to develop a vaccine to counter COVID-19 in different parts of the world while urging equitable distribution once they are approved.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization was working to accelerate the development of a vaccine to beat the novel coronavirus.

“And, second is access and equitable distribution,” he stressed at a video news conference in which more than 300 journalists from around the world participated.

“We’re already discussing with many partners, relevant partners, and look forward to announcing the initiative as soon as possible in

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