South Africa is one of 10 countries that will be joining the international Solidarity Trial that will be investigating and comparing the efficacy of untested treatments in treating and managing the  coronavirus, COVID-19.

The announcement was made last night by World Health Organization head, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the first vaccine trial for the virus kicked off in the US. He pointed out that the vaccine trial begun only 60 days after the genetic sequence of the virus was shared by China, which he described as an incredible achievement.

According to the WHO’s latest figures the virus has now claimed almost 9000 lives and left more than 219 000 people infected globally.

Ghebreyesus said the international Solidarity Trial is designed to generate the robust data to show which treatments are the most effective. He added that the trial provides simplified procedures to ensure that even overloaded hospitals can participate in the study.

The other countries that will take part in the trial are Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Iran, Brazil, Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France and Thailand.