There may never be a silver bullet for COVID-19, WHO warns – Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization alerted on Monday that there may never ever be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19 in the type of a perfect vaccine which the roadway to normality would be long, with some nations requiring a reset of strategy.

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SUBMIT PHOTO: A logo design is visualized on the head office of the World Health Orgnaization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

More than 18.14 million individuals around the globe are reported to have been contaminated with the illness and 688,080 have died, according to a Reuters tally, with some nations that thought they were over the worst experiencing a resurgence.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergency situations head Mike Ryan exhorted countries to carefully implement health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing.
” The message to people and governments is clear: Do it all,” Tedros told a virtual news briefing from the U.N. bodys head office in Geneva. He said face masks ought to end up being a symbol of solidarity round the world.
” A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all intend to have a variety of efficient vaccines that can help prevent individuals from infection. Nevertheless, theres no silver bullet at the minute – and there might never ever be.”
The WHO head stated that, while the coronavirus was the greatest health emergency situation because the early 20th century, the international scramble for a vaccine was likewise “unmatched”.
However he highlighted unpredictabilities. “There are issues that we may not have a vaccine that may work, or its defense could be for simply a few months, not more. Up until we finish the scientific trials, we will not understand.”
Ryan stated countries with high transmission rates, consisting of Brazil and India, needed to brace for a big fight: “The escape is long and needs a sustained commitment,” he stated, requiring a “reset” of method in some locations.
” Some countries are really going to need to take an action back now and really take a look at how they are addressing the pandemic within their national borders,” he added.
Inquired about the U.S. break out, which White House coronavirus specialists say is getting in a “new phase”, he said officials appeared to have set out the “best course” and it was not the WHOs task to do so.
The WHO authorities said an advance investigation team had concluded its China mission and laid out the foundation for more efforts to identify the origins of the virus.
The study is among the demands made by top donor the United States which prepares to leave the body next year, accusing it of being too acquiescent to China.
A bigger, WHO-led team of International and chinese professionals is planned next, consisting of in the city of Wuhan, although the timing and composition of that was unclear. Ryan said China had currently given some info however knowledge gaps stayed.
Reporting by Michael Shields, Emma Farge and Francesco Guarascio; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Kevin Liffey