The World Health Organization warned Monday that there may by no means be a “silver bullet” for the brand new coronavirus, regardless of the frenzy to find efficient vaccines.
The WHO urged governments and residents to concentrate on doing the identified fundamentals, corresponding to testing, contact tracing, sustaining bodily distance and sporting a masks so as to suppress the pandemic, which has upended regular life across the globe and triggered a devastating financial disaster.
“We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised a digital press convention.
“However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment — and there might never be.”
“For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control.
“Do all of it,” he urged.
The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 690,000 people and infected at least 18.1 million since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
– China mission –
The WHO began pressing China in early May to invite in its experts to help investigate the animal origins of COVID-19.
The UN health agency sent an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist to Beijing on July 10 to lay the groundwork for a probe aimed at identifying how the virus entered the human species.
Their scoping mission is now complete, said Tedros.
“The WHO advance workforce that travelled to China has now concluded their mission to put the groundwork for additional joint efforts to determine the virus origins,” he said.
“WHO and Chinese specialists have drafted the phrases of reference for the research and programme of labor for a world workforce, led by WHO.
“The international team will include leading scientists and researchers from China and around the world.
“Epidemiological research will start in Wuhan to determine the potential supply of an infection of the early instances.
“Evidence and hypotheses generated through this work will lay the ground for further, longer-term studies.”
The pair haven’t but returned to the WHO’s Geneva headquarters for a debriefing.
Scientists consider the killer virus jumped from animals to people, probably from a market within the metropolis of Wuhan promoting unique animals for meat.
Chinese officers stated early within the outbreak that the virus could have unfold from a market within the metropolis, which offered dwell and wild animals, however no additional affirmation of that has been revealed.
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