World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday that the first vaccines2 for the novel coronavirus could be ready in 18 months. 世界卫生组织总干事谭德塞周二表示，新型冠状病毒首批疫苗将于18个月后上市。
In the meantime, he tweeted, "there's a lot we can do to prevent transmission and prepare for any further spread."
Earlier at a press briefing on Tuesday, he told reporters that while the world needs investment in research and development, "we also need investment in stopping the COVID19 outbreak now," adding that the development of vaccine1
is an important part of the research agenda.
"We are not defenceless," he said. "There are many basic public health interventions4
that are available to us now, and which can prevent infections now."
"So, we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus, while preparing for the long-term," the WHO chief said.