2020 is marked by a global health crisis because of the coronavirus epidemic. In addition to the heavy human toll, this pandemic also leads to economic consequences because of lockdown and the closure of borders. Facemasks, barrier gestures, hand sanitizer, the world is trying to live with the epidemic, and more or less strict measures depending on countries. And yet, there is still one question without an answer: when will the pandemic end?
For now, it is hard for the scientific community to tell: we do not know much about the virus yet. Among the dynamics that are still in the blur are transmission ways, potential mutations, immunity and correlates of protection. When announcing new measures, including curfew in health emergency areas, Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday October 14, 2020 the epidemic will last "until at least the summer of 2021". Estimation that matches WHO's statements.
Coronavirus: the pandemic will be “lengthy” WHO says
WHO Emergency Committee gathered on August 1st at the organization headquarters, in Geneva. They say the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be “lengthy”.
Among the different factors that could lead to the end of the pandemic is herd immunity: if rather big part of the population catches the virus and develops antibodies, it could curb the spread of coronavirus as it will face fewer non-immune people. Yet, on a world-basis, the process would take a very long time.
So, what could accelerate the end of the health crisis? Generalizing tests, putting on quarantine, and sustaining barrier gestures are the main weapons. Another major issue is the elaboration of a treatment. As for this solution, a genuine race to vaccine is currently on across the world. Over twenty vaccines are being elaborated. In November 2020, several announcements of promising vaccines including Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca make news.
Coronavirus: treatments and vaccines studied in the world
Let's take a stock on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments across the world. Where are the first vaccines at? Are they safe? When will they be made available? Are there effective Covid-19 treatments? What are the latest discoveries and breakthroughs performed by scientists?
Yet, issuing effective vaccine will not automatically put an end to Covid 19. Then, it is necessary to keep in mind production time and distribution of approved treatment times, as well as their deployment on the global scale. Until then, it is necessary to keep on complying with health guidelines.
Coronavirus: a vaccine will not be enough to stop the pandemic, WHO warns
As the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories have announced their vaccine was 90% effective, the World Health Organization director greets the rallying to curb the coronavirus epidemic while vouching every country will be able to enjoy this scientific breakthrough. Yet, this Monday November 16, 2020 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns a vaccine will not be enough to stop Covid.