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Even if we do have a vaccine, it won’t end the pandemic: Dr Tedros

Geneva: The Director General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes that while a vaccine will be a vital tool and hopes that the world will have one as soon as possible, there is no guarantee that if we do have a vaccine it will end the pandemic.

Speaking to reporters during the online Global Media briefing from Geneva, Dr Tedros, stated, “The fact remains that most people remain susceptible to this virus.That’s why it’s vital that countries are able to quickly identify and prevent clusters, to prevent community transmission and the possibility of new restrictions.No country can just ride this out until we have a vaccine.A vaccine will be a vital tool, and we hope that we will have one as soon as possible. But there’s no guarantee that we will, and even if we do have a vaccine, it won’t end the pandemic on its own.”

The DG of the WHO further asserted that we must all learn to control and manage this virus using the tools we have now, and to make the adjustments to our daily lives that are needed to keep ourselves and each other safe.So-called lockdowns enabled many countries to suppress transmission and take the pressure off their health systems. But lockdowns are not a long-term solution for any country. We do not need to choose between lives and livelihoods, or between health and the economy. That’s a false choice. On the contrary, the pandemic is a reminder that health and the economy are inseparable. 

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief
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