Vaccine Will Not Be Enough To End COVID19 Pandemic: WHO Chief

Mumbai: World Health Organisation head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that vaccine by itself cannot prevent a coronavirus pandemic.

The Pandemic continues to spread months after the outbreak, with infections rising from the previous 54 million and claiming more than 1.3 million lives.

“A vaccine will complement other devices we have, not replace them,” said Director-General Tedros Adholm Ghebreyesus. “A vaccine by itself will not end the epidemic.”

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Saturday’s data from the WHO showed that 660,905 coronavirus cases were reported to the United Nations Health Agency, setting a new high benchmark.

This number, and 65,710 registered on Friday, surpassed the previous daily record high of 614,113 recorded in November.

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Tedros said the supply of the vaccine would initially be restricted, “prioritizing health workers, the elderly and other at-risk popes (SE). This would reduce the number of deaths and enable health systems to cope.”

He added, “This will still leave the virus with plenty of room to move. Monitoring will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for, contacts still know Will need to be put in place … and individuals will still need to be looked after.”

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