Coronavirus: a vaccine will not be enough to stop the pandemic, WHO warns

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 17 November 2020 at 17h25 · Updated on 17 November 2020 at 17h55
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.

Could the pandemic come to an end soon? This Monday November 9, 2020 American Pfizer laboratory and German BioNTech laboratory have made an annoucement that sparked a lot of hope: a vaccine against coronavirus said to tbe 90% effective. This Friday November 13, 2020, World HEalth Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says: "Never in history has vaccine research progressed so quickly".

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Pfizer and Biontech’s vaccine against coronavirus is said to be “95% effective” according to the two laboratories, after full results from phase 3. They are soon to apply for marketing authorization in the United-States to start the first vaccination programs starting this December.

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The fight against coronavirus is escalating! American laboratory Moderna has announced this Monday November 16 that their vaccine against coronavirus was 94.5% effective. An announcement following their rival Pfizer's statement.

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Facing the coronavirus epidemic, laboratories across the world are experiencing a wild race to vaccine in order to accelerate the end of the pandemic. But howis this kind of treatment issued?

In the event this vaccine was to be marketed, the WHO insists on the fact that all countries will be able to enjoy this scientific breakthrough. They also say they are for a global system enabling to centralize and share pathogenic agents and clinical samples in order to facilitate - in the future - a quicker development of the treatments as global public goods.

It is yet far from being certain: a few months ago, in August, the World Health Organization (WHO) seemd to be more cautious. Even though director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus affirmed clinical trials were hopeful, he warned the elaboration of an effective vaccine – including over time – was not certain. “There is no ‘silver bullet’ at the moment, and it may never be there”, he said.

Yet, this Monday November 16, 2020 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns: vaccine will not be enough to stop the pandemic. It will complement other tools amid the fight against Covid-19. At first, doses will be limited and first be given to targeted groups including caregivers, elderly people, vulnerable people.We have to learn and live with the virus around. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says Covid-19 can only be controlled mainly thanks to the barrier gestures, maintaining good practices and the political commitment within the different States. Therefore, the priority is to break transmission chains by multiplying tests, isolating cases found and tracking down contact cases and not relaxing in our efforts or there will be more infections.

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