The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that while there’s hope for a vaccine against Covid-19, one might never be found.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing there was “no solution at the instant – and there might never be”.
Mr. Tedros implored people around the world to suits measures like social distancing, hand-washing, and mask-wearing, saying: “Do it all.”
Globally, quite 18 million Covid-19 infections are recorded.
The price stands at 689,000, with both figures given by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.
Speaking from its headquarters in Geneva, the WHO chief said work on immunization was progressing.
“Several vaccines are now in phase 3 clinical trials, and that we all hope to possess some effective vaccines which will help prevent people from infection.
“However, there’s no solution at the instant, and there might never be,” Mr. Tedros warned. “For now, stopping outbreaks comes right down to the fundamentals of public health and disease control: testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts.”
Mr. Tedros said that mothers with suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding.
The benefits, he said, “substantially” outweighed the risks of infection.
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Meanwhile, the primary stage of a WHO investigation into the possible source of the outbreak in China is now complete, he said.
Infectious disease experts believe the virus initially jumped from animals to humans and a spotlight has focused on a wet market within the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the Covid-19 pandemic began.
An advance team probing the source has concluded its mission and can be followed by a bigger WHO-led international group, including Chinese experts. it’s not yet known when it’ll commence.
In other developments:
- The Australian city of Melbourne is shutting down shops, factories, and other non-essential businesses as authorities fight a second wave of coronavirus. A night-time curfew has been imposed on the city’s five million residents as a part of measures to undertake to curb the spread of the disease.
- At least 41 passengers and crew on a Norwegian cruise liner have tested positive for Covid-19, officials say. many more passengers who traveled on MS Amundsen are in quarantine and awaiting test results.
- The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is almost 3 times above Iran’s government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. The government’s records appear to point out almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to twenty July, compared to 14,405 reported by its health ministry.
(With inputs from BBC)