A vaccine against the novel coronavirus pandemic will be a “vital tool” in the global fight against the coronavirus, said the World Health Organization on Friday, but also warned that the threat of the pandemic will not come to an end on its own and there is no guarantee that scientists will be able to find an effective vaccine against Cvodi-19, the name of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news conference from the agency’s Geneva headquarters that global leaders and governments as well as the general population will have to learn to effectively manage the virus while also making permanent adjustments to their daily lives in order to bring down the infections to low levels.
“At the same time, we will not, we cannot go back to the way things were,” he said.
He said that economies and societies have been changed because of outbreaks and pandemics throughout history.
“In particular, the Covid-19 pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change,” he said. “The Covid-19 pandemic has given us a glimpse of our world as it could be: cleaner skies and rivers.”
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 22.7 million people worldwide have so far been infected by the disease and at least 794,100 people have been killed in more than seven months of the pandemic. According to the WHO, currently, there are at least 30 potential vaccines in clinical trials. But Tedros said that there is no guarantee they one or more of the vaccines will be safe and effective.
Despite some positive outcomes from human trials of the vaccine candidates have emerged, there are still some unanswered questions.
After being first discovered in December last year and numerous research papers and studies being published on the virus since then, how the virus affects the body or how well someone is protected from reinfection after recovering is still not clear for scientists.
There was no “silver bullet” to the coronavirus and “there might never be”, Tedros said earlier this month.
Practicing the “basics” of public health and disease control can stop new outbreaks, he said.
“Testing, isolating and treating patients and tracing and quarantining their contacts. Do it all. Inform, empower and listen to communities. Do it all,” he had said on August 3.
“Every single person” can make a difference in the pandemic, Tedros said on Friday.
“Every single person” can make a difference in the pandemic.
“Every person and family has a responsibility to know the level of Covid-19 transmission locally and to understand what they can do to protect themselves and others,” he said.
It’s “very important” for the public to learn “how to live with this virus”, said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit.
That will help “continue to suppress transmission, identify cases and clusters that pop up so we can quickly put those out and minimize as many deaths as possible,” she said. “In doing so, some countries may need to implement some measures again.”
(Adapted from CNBC.com)