The coronavirus epidemic is far from being over. As the pandemic keeps on spreading and some countries are facing a new increase in infections that could be announcing a second wave, the race to vaccine speeds up. Some laboratories are even said to be planning to put their treatment on the market soon, like Sanofi that said to get a solution for the first quarter of the year 2021.
Yet, the World Health Organization (WHO) seems to be more cautious. Even though director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus affirms clinical trials are hopeful, he warns the elaboration of an effective vaccine – including over time – is not certain. “There is no ‘silver bullet’ at the moment, and it may never be there”, he said.
And since it is not certain a vaccine can put an end to the coronavirus epidemic, 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.