The World Health Organization on Monday warned that, in spite of strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a “silver bullet” vaccine for Covid-19, and things to go back to normal might take long. Earlier, WHO had expressed their concern over the Russian COVID-19 vaccine and now it reflects on yet another one.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO Director-General) and Mike Ryan (Who Emergencies Head) urged all nations to enforce health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing, and testing. “The message to people and governments is clear: ‘Do it all,’ ” said Tedros in a virtual news briefing from the UN body’s headquarters, Geneva. Face mask should be a symbol of solidarity around the world.
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“A number of Vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials, and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there is no silver bullet at the moment -and there might never be.”
“There are many vaccines under trial, a couple in the final stage of clinical trials – and there is hope. It does not mean that we will have the vaccine, but at least thew speed with which we reached the level we reached now is unprecedented,” he said. He also made clear that an ultimate vaccine may not come, or its protection could only be just a few months.
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Countries like India and Brazil need to brace for a big battle against the spread of the virus because of their high transmission rate. “The way out is long and requires a sustained commitment.”
With more than 18 million people infected, and more than 688,000 died, WHO head said that Coronavirus is the largest global health emergency since the early 20th century.
World Health Organization has made clear, there is no surety about the vaccines and how effective these vaccines can be. A WHO-led team is planning to study the origin of the virus in Wuhan, although the timing and composition are not yet specific.