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WHO Warns “No Silver Bullet at the Moment”

WHO Warns “No Silver Bullet at the Moment”

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Recently, the head of the WHO (World Health Organization) said that where there is hope for coronavirus vaccine, one might never be able to find it. 

During a news conference, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said- “no silver bullet at the moment – and there might never be”. Source: BBC. 

Mr. Ghebreyesus instructed people throughout the world to take care of all the measures, including- washing hands, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing. He said it by saying, “Do it all.” Source: BBC. 

At present, there are more than 18 million COVID-19 positive cases recorded in the world. 

While sharing updates from the headquarters in Geneva, the chief of WHO said they are working on immunization constantly. 

Mr. Tedros said- “A number of vaccines are now in phase 3 clinical trials, and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection.” Source: BBC. 

He continued and warned- “However, there is no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be,” Source: BBC. 

Mr. Tedros urged people and said- “For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control: testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts.” Source: BBC. 

When asked if it’s safe for mothers to breastfeed their newly-born, he said that new mothers who have been infected with COVID-19 should be encouraged to continue with breastfeeding as usual. 

Continuing his speech, he said that the first stage of the WHO investigation of the pandemic in China is complete now. The experts of infectious disease believe that the virus has been transferred from animals to human beings. At present, significant focus has been put on the wet market in Wuhan, China, from where COVID-19 emerged. 

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