WHO: 'Life and livelihood' same fight in pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday (November 16) the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic was to save both lives and livelihoods.

It also said there was no time for complacency in confronting the coronavirus despite positive news about possible vaccines.

"The quickest way to open up economies is to defeat the virus," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing in Geneva.

Monday's briefing came hours after Moderna Inc said its experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, becoming the second U.S. drugmaker to report results that far exceed expectations.

This comes after last week's announcement from Pfizer Inc which said its vaccine is also more than 90% effective.