A vaccine is needed to completely end the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. This was stated at a press conference in Geneva by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus.
According to the head of WHO, a new coronavirus infection is 10 times more deadly than swine flu, while the virus spreads very quickly. It will only be possible to completely stop its spread by creating a vaccine, he said.
However, now there is no vaccine against coronavirus infection. Several clinical trials of the vaccine are underway in the world, however, even in the case of successful testing, they will not appear on the markets until 2021. At the same time, it is known that China is ready to distribute even those vaccines that have not fully passed clinical trials, especially among the most risky groups – medical workers and retirees.
The head of WHO also identified six measures that should be taken in states before lifting quarantine in their countries. In particular, the transmission of the virus must be taken under control, the health system’s capabilities are set up in such a way as to detect, test and isolate each case of COVID-19, as well as its contacts. It is also necessary to ensure safety from the outbreak for medical institutions, preventive measures have been introduced in the workplace, in schools and other public places. In addition, it is necessary to prevent the possibility of the importation of new cases of the virus into the country.