An effective vaccine to protect against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) could possibly be introduced by end of next year, according to a senior official with Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health.

Several pharmaceutical companies conducting research on developing a vaccine against MERS-CoV, in a recent meeting with World Health Organization (WHO) and other stake holders including Qatar, revealed their findings, said Dr Mohammed Mohammed Al Hajri, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response Department, Ministry of Public health.

Since 2012 Qatar has reported more than 15 cases of confirmed cases of MERS-CoV including two this year.