The World Health Organization (WHO) officials provided an update on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, after a trial of a U.K.-developed coronavirus vaccine has found that it is safe and induces an immune reaction, according to preliminary results.

WHO emergencies programme executive director Michael Ryan called it “good news” while stating that the initial trial did not appear to have “any serious adverse events.”

He added that there is “a long way to go,” but that it is good to see more data “in this very important phase of vaccine discovery.”

Ryan also said that a challenge regarding the development of a COVID-19 vaccine will be that enough production is in place “to supply global needs” once a vaccine is shown to work.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained the importance of contact-tracing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that, “we must continue to accelerate vaccine research while doing more with the tools we have at hand.”

Confirmed cases worldwide near 15 million, with over 606,000 deaths during the pandemic.

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