Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: A vaccine would not by itself end the coronavirus pandemic
On Monday, the head of the World Health Organization declared that a vaccine would not by itself stop the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, after months of it appearance, the pandemic is increasing and the infections rising 54 million and more than 1.3 million are death.
Director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, related that a vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them, adding that a vaccine on its own will not end the pandemic.
For Saturday, the WHO’s numbers revealed that 660,905 coronavirus cases were reported to the UN health agency. Indeed, that number, and the number 645,410 recorded on Friday, exceeded the previous daily record high of 614,013 registered on November 7.
Tedros also indicated that supplies of the vaccine would firstly be limited, with health workers, older people and other at-risk populations (to) be prioritized. That will hopefully reduce the number of deaths and enable the health systems to cope.
But he also alerted: That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced… and individuals will still need to be cared for.