A global economic recovery will speed up, but only if a COVID-19 vaccine is made available to all as a public good.
This according to the WHO Director General, who says vaccine nationalism helps no one.
"Vaccine nationalism is not good. It will not help us. When we say it should be a global public good, it’s not sharing for the sake of sharing. It's only because it has advantages. For the world to recover faster, it has to recover together."
While the Director General says ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccine is a top priority, U.S. President Donald Trump says a COVID-19 vaccine may be ready right around the November 3rd Election Day.
In a radio interview Thursday, Trump expressed confidence that it may even be possible before November.
His comments differ from health experts who have repeatedly set the most likely date to be by the end of the year or early next year.
While hopes for a successful vaccine remain high globally, the world has reached yet another grim COVID-19 milestone, the total number of cases topping 19 million as of Thursday.
This is comes just about seven months after the WHO reported the very first case on the very last day of 2019.
The death toll is at more than 711-thousand 600.
And after more than four months, the U.S. State Department on Thursday lifted its advisory warning its citizens against traveling overseas.
Ending the highest level of travel advisory on Thursday, the State Department said health and safety conditions are improving in some countries and possibly deteriorating in others.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.