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WHO grants emergency approval to AstraZeneca vaccine

TOPSHOT - A photo taken in the late hours of May 29, 2020 shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus. - President Donald Trump said May 29, 2020, he was breaking off US ties with the World Health Organization, which he says failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

TOPSHOT - A photo taken in the late hours of May 29, 2020 shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus. - President Donald Trump said May 29, 2020, he was breaking off US ties with the World Health Organization, which he says failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – The World Health Organization (WHO) sign is shown at their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:45 PM PT – Monday, February 15, 2021

The World Health Organization has granted emergency approval to AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Monday the vaccine will be distributed globally through the COVAX program, aimed at stopping the pandemic.

He added the emergency approval has given the organization more reason to believe the pandemic will be brought under control worldwide. He also pointed out COVID-19 cases are falling globally.

“The number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally has now declined for the fifth consecutive week,” Ghebreyesus stated. “Last week saw the lowest number of reported weekly cases since October. So far this year, the number of weekly reported cases has fallen by almost half.”

The director general said the organization now has all the pieces in place for rapid vaccine distribution, but added they still need to ramp up production.

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