World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there might never be a silver bullet for Coronavirus in the shape of an effective vaccine.
While addressing an online news briefing, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the road to normalcy is long as some countries require to reevaluate their Coronavirus strategy.
Tedros urged governments all over the world to strictly enforce precautionary measures such as social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing to contain the spread of the disease in the absence of an effective cure while increasing testing and contact tracing capabilities at the same time.
The message to people and governments is clear: Do it all.
DG WHO revealed that several vaccines are currently being assessed in phase-III of clinical trials and the health agency is hopeful that those vaccines will provide immunity to people against the Coronavirus infection. At the moment, however, there is no effective treatment for the disease and there might never be.
Tedros added that the Coronavirus outbreak has been the biggest health emergency since the early 20th century. While researchers might have raced towards finding its cure at an unprecedented pace, the world must acknowledge the uncertainties linked with it as well which will remain unaddressed until the successful conclusion of clinical trials.
There are concerns that we may not have a vaccine that may work, or its protection could be for just a few months, not more. But until we finish the clinical trials, we will not know.
Head of Emergencies at WHO, Mike Ryan, said that countries, where transmission rates are still higher such as India and Brazil, need to revisit and reset their Coronavirus response strategy.
Some countries are really going to have to take a step back now and take a look at how they are addressing the pandemic within their national borders.
Mike revealed that an advanced investigation team of the WHO has recently concluded its initial investigation to ascertain the origins of the Coronavirus.
A team led by WHO consisting of Chinese and international health experts will visit Wuhan in the coming months to further probe into the origins of the virus.
The initial investigation has been carried out on the demand of the US which will quit the organization next year.
In April, US President, Donald Trump, had announced to suspend WHO’s annual funding of $400 million after a series of accusations on the organization for colluding with China to cover up the Coronavirus outbreak.