Vaccine is not going to be sufficient to cease pandemic: WHO chief

GENEVA: The pinnacle of the World Well being Group mentioned Monday {that a} vaccine wouldn’t by itself cease the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic is raging months after it broke out, with infections hovering previous 54 million and claiming greater than 1.three million lives.
“A vaccine will complement the opposite instruments now we have, not substitute them,” director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned. “A vaccine by itself is not going to finish the pandemic.”
The WHO’s figures for Saturday confirmed that 660,905 coronavirus instances had been reported to the UN well being company, setting a brand new excessive water mark.
That quantity, and the 645,410 registered on Friday, surpassed the earlier each day document excessive of 614,013 recorded on November 7.
Tedros mentioned that provides of the vaccine would initially be restricted, with “well being staff, older folks and different at-risk populations (to) be prioritised. That can hopefully scale back the variety of deaths and allow the well being programs to manage.”
However he warned: “That can nonetheless depart the virus with a whole lot of room to maneuver. Surveillance might want to proceed, folks will nonetheless must be examined, remoted and cared for, contacts will nonetheless must be traced… and people will nonetheless must be cared for.”
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