There might by no means be a ‘silver bullet’ for COVID-19, WHO warns

Geneva, August 3

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, regardless of sturdy hopes for a vaccine, there may by no means be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19, and the street to normality can be lengthy.

More than 18.14 million individuals all over the world are reported to have been contaminated with the illness and 688,080 have died, in accordance with a Reuters tally.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan exhorted all nations to scrupulously implement well being measures equivalent to mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.

“The message to people and governments is clear: ‘Do it all’,” Tedros informed a digital information briefing from the UN physique’s headquarters in Geneva. He mentioned face masks ought to turn out to be an emblem of solidarity around the world.

“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’s no silver bullet at the moment —and there might never be.” Ryan mentioned nations with excessive transmission charges, together with Brazil and India, wanted to brace for a giant battle: “The way out is long and requires a sustained commitment”. The WHO officers mentioned an advance investigative group in China, the place the virus originated, was not but again.

A bigger, WHO-led group of Chinese and worldwide consultants is deliberate subsequent to check the origins of the virus within the metropolis of Wuhan, though the timing and composition of that’s not but clear.

Tedros additionally urged moms to proceed breastfeeding even when that they had COVID-19, as the advantages “substantially” outweighed the dangers of an infection. Reuters

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