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Vaccines are a powerful tool but they are not the only tool: Dr Tedros

Geneva: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Nations across the world have witnessed seven consecutive weeks of increasing COVID-19 cases and four weeks of increasing deaths after six consecutive weeks of declining cases.

Last week was the fourth-highest number of cases in a single

Speaking to the media, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed, “Several countries in Asia and the Middle East have seen large increases in cases. This is despite the fact that more than 780 million doses of vaccine have now been administered globally. Make no mistake, vaccines are a vital and powerful tool. But they are not the only tool.”

Tedros further added, “Physical distancing works. Masks work. Hand hygiene works. Ventilation works. Surveillance, testing, contact tracing, isolation, supportive quarantine, and compassionate care – all work to stop infections and save lives. But confusion, complacency, and inconsistency in public health measures and their application are driving transmission and costing lives.”

“So many countries around the world have shown that this virus can be stopped and contained with proven public health measures and strong systems that respond rapidly and consistently. As a result, many of those countries have gained control over COVID-19, and their people are now able to enjoy sporting events, concerts, restaurants, and seeing their family and friends safely, ” Dr. Tedros elucidated.

Commenting on lockdowns, Dr. Tedros opined, “WHO does not want endless lockdowns. The countries that have done best have taken a tailored, measured, agile and evidence-based combination of measures. We too want to see societies and economies reopening, and travel and trade resuming. But right now, intensive care units in many countries are overflowing and people are dying – and it is totally avoidable. In some countries, despite continuing transmission, restaurants and nightclubs are full, markets are open and crowded with few people taking precautions.”

 

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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