COVID-19 cases exceed 15 million, WHO says don’t expect first vaccine until early 2021

15 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The death toll from the novel virus is nearing 618,000, with recoveries topping 8.5 million according to data by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has the highest number of cases, with 3,915,780, followed by Brazil with 2,159,654 and India with 1,193,078.

Don’t expect first COVID-19 vaccine until early 2021: WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that researchers are making good progress in developing vaccines against coronavirus, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021.

“Realistically it is going to be the first part of next year before we start seeing people getting vaccinated,” Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme said.