WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the Americas account for more than half of reported cases as several countries in the continent continue to see increasing numbers of infections.
Nations approved, through consensus, that "they will work to conclude a new, legally-binding international pandemic agreement," says World Health Organization.
The global health body endorses GSK's malaria vaccine for children, the first against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 a year.
WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus and Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca agree on enabling vaccine production globally without making intellectual property rights an issue.
Mike Ryan, head of the WHO's emergencies programme, said it would be unwise to predict when a vaccine could be ready against Covid-19, the respiratory disease that has killed more than half a million people.
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