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There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus: Zweli Mkhize

Date: Mar 20, 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says there is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus.

This comes as the US gives the go-ahead to test a malaria drug called Chloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus.

Cases of the coronavirus continue to increase rapidly in South Africa, with the number currently sitting at 150 although no deaths have been reported.

Mkhize says some local medical professionals are part of the team that is working on developing a vaccine for the virus.

Speaking at a joint media briefing with the South African Medical Association in Pretoria on Thursday, the Health Minister says:

“People have spoken about anti-viral treatment and Chloroquine etc. We are aware that there’s a whole lot of trials that are going on including issues of vaccine which we need to be upfront say at the moment there is no vaccine available. Professor Helen Rees is part of the WHO team that is actually leading South African effort in the creation of the vaccine. So, in the next 18 months, we expect something should come through by way of the vaccine.”

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