The World Health Organization warned Monday that there may never be a “silver bullet” for coronavirus (COVID-19), regardless of the frenzy to find efficient vaccines.
The WHO urged governments and residents to concentrate on doing the identified fundamentals, corresponding to testing, contact tracing, sustaining bodily distancing and carrying a masks with the intention to suppress the pandemic, which has upended regular life across the globe and triggered a devastating financial disaster. “We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instructed a digital press convention.
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“However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment — and there might never be. “For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control. The virus has killed nearly 6,90,000 people and infected at least 18.1 million since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
Probing virus’ origins
The WHO began pressing China in early May to invite in its experts to help investigate the animal origins of COVID-19. The UN health agency sent an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist to Beijing on July 10 to lay the groundwork for a probe aimed at identifying how the virus entered the human species. Their scoping mission is now complete, said Mr. Tedros.
“The WHO advance team that travelled to China has now concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus origins,” he mentioned. “WHO and Chinese experts have drafted the terms of reference for the studies and programme of work for an international team, led by WHO. “The international team will include leading scientists and researchers from China and around the world.
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“Epidemiological studies will begin in Wuhan to identify the potential source of infection of the early cases. “Evidence and hypotheses generated through this work will lay the ground for further, longer-term studies.”