While Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing by the day several countries are working on the vaccine which is almost ready and in the final stages of clinical trials, but WHO (World Health Organisation) believes that the Vaccine will not Solve the problem, why did WHO feel this way? Let’s take a look at it in the following report.
According to the reports, there are 13 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 recorded globally and the virus remains as deadly and mysterious that it was 6 months back. There are several claims made by a couple of countries that the vaccine that garners the immunity will be ready by August 2020 but according to WHO the vaccine will not be able to solve the problem.
According to statement made by the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go is to get worse and worse and worse. “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” he added.
According to WHO data, over seven groups have proceeded to conduct advanced phase II and II stages of their vaccine candidates, post which, regulatory checks can be expected. India too is seeing the development of two candidates, COVAXIN and another by Zydus Cadila.
According to the World Heath Organisation (WHO) the virus is here to stay and we have continue to live in a new normal. Based on the sample study done by King’s College, London, which found that antibodies, in recovered patients, begin to diminish in the 3 months time and getting immunity back is a far fetched dream.
The Executive director of health emergencies at the World Health Organisation Mike Ryan believes that it is not wise to lay all our hopes on the vaccine alone since it will not work like a magic wand. “Believing that magically we will get a perfect vaccine that everyone will have access to, is also not realistic,” he said.
According to Mike Ryan, it is not impossible to develop a vaccine to combat COVID-19: “We can and will develop a vaccine, the question mark is: ‘how effective will that vaccine be?’ And, more importantly, and more worryingly: ‘who will get that vaccine?’ And: ‘will that distribution be fair and equitable?’
Following the Guidelines will save us from Covid-19 Infection
After several months of lockdown, many places have opened up with curtailed measures. However, there still are places where guidelines are not being followed. The US, for example, is recording a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, which is now the worst affected nation by the pandemic. Following on the list are Brazil and India.
According to Mike Ryan, the only thing that will be able to save our lives now and later on will be following the guidelines laid down by the WHO. “If people continue to frequent crowded places without taking the necessary precautions, if people aren’t practicing physical distancing, if people aren’t practicing hygiene, if people aren’t wearing masks in the proper settings, then the disease will continue to transmit,” he added.
Can We remain fully dependent on the Vaccine?
According to the WHO the medical inventions and healthcare could help us only till certain extent, but taking the simple measures like avoiding exposure to the crowded places, maintaining the social distancing, following the good hygiene protocols and wearing the mask could help us from getting infected with the deadly virus. “It could also lessen the load on medical services and help them serve us better,” he added.
The WHO official also added that government officials and authorities should use this pandemic as a lesson in managing public healthcare: “Turn and face the fire. Turn and face the problem and accept that it’s going to take time…It’s going to require a huge commitment on the part of government and individuals in a number of countries to turn this around.”