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Vaccine not enough to stop pandemic, says WHO Chief

The director-general of WHO believes that a vaccine by itself will not end the pandemic. Instead, it will merely work alongside tools the world is using now.
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The director-general of WHO believes that a vaccine by itself will not end the pandemic. Instead, it will merely work alongside tools the world is using now. Most countries around the world are still fighting hard against the pandemic, with the US facing the third wave.


A vaccine on its own will not end the pandemic.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general

Although Pfizer’s vaccine proved to be 90% effective in Phase 3 trials, there is still some time to go before it can be approved. Moreover, India may not be able to afford cold storage at a scale large enough to vaccinate everyone. Hence, the country may be facing a longer battle against the coronavirus.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO said, β€œA vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them.”

He also explained that certain groups of people will take the vaccine sooner than others. This mainly includes those at higher risk of contracting the infection, such as health workers and older people. Therefore, healthcare workers can continue working without risking their lives, and hospitals will face fewer cases and deaths in general. Naturally, a large part of the population is still left. This means that even though people will start taking the vaccine, others need to be vigilant, just as they are now.

So far, the number of cases is reaching 60 million, while the number of deaths is over 1.3 million. India itself has over 8.8 million cases so far. Presently, 466,887 of those are active cases.

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