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COVID vaccine must be proven safe before mass rollout, WHO's chief scientist says

FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation’s chief scientist said on Friday that no vaccine for the new coronavirus should be approved for a worldwide rollout until it had undergone sufficient scrutiny and proved its safety and efficacy.

“No vaccine is going to be mass-deployed until regulators are confident, governments are confident, and the WHO is confident it has met the minimum standard of safety” WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said at a news briefing in Geneva.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; Editing by Alison Williams

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