The WHO chief said that while there is hope for a COVID-19 vaccine, one might never be found. In a news briefing, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “no silver bullet at the moment – and there might never be”.
Mr Tedros requested people around the world to follow all guidelines like social distancing, wearing masks, hand-washing. He said regarding guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19, “Do it all.”
Till now, 18 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded globally, as reported by the US-based John Hopkins University. It further reports the global deaths due to the COVID-19 which stand at 689,000.
Speaking from its headquarters in Geneva, the WHO chief said work on immunisation was progressing.
“A number of vaccines are now in phase 3 clinical trials, and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection.
“However, there is no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be,” Mr Tedros warned. “For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control: testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts.”
He also requested mothers having any possibility of the coronavirus should continue breastfeeding. He said that the benefits of breastfeeding are more than the risk of passing the infection.
Furthermore, he said that the primary stage of a WHO investigation into the possible source of the outbreak in China has been complete now.
As per experts of infectious disease, initially, the virus transported from animals to humans and focus shifted on a wet market in the Wuhan, a Chinese city, where the COVID-19 pandemic originated.
An advance team responsible for investigating the pandemic’s source concluded its mission. The mission will be followed by a larger international group led by WHO, which will also include Chinese experts. However, t is not yet known when it will start.