WHO warns coronavirus kills 0.6% of patients and ‘no silver bullet’ amid global vaccine search

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Woman in lockdown wearing a mask. (PHOTO: Wilatlak Villette/Getty Images)
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As the search for a vaccine continues, WHO warns one might never be found.

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said at a news briefing from its headquarters in Geneva that while there’s hope for a vaccine for Covid-19, one might not be found by researchers.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there’s “no silver bullet at the moment – and there might never be”, the BBC reports.

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People across the globe need to comply with safety measures such as social distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks, according to Ghebreyesus.

“Do it all,” he said.

More than 18 million infections have been recorded worldwide with the global death toll standing at 689 000 based on figures released by John Hopkins University in the United States.

“A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials, and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” Ghebreyesus 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.”

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Although some nations have cleared their first waves, there are fears of a resurgence, according to Sky News.

The WHO’s head of emergencies, Mike Ryan, has warned that countries with high transmission rates, such as Brazil and India, need to prepare for a big battle against the virus and “reset” their approaches.

“Some countries are really going to have to take a step back now and take a look at how they’re addressing the pandemic within their national borders,” he said.

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Across the globe there are five vaccines which are in phase three, meaning they’re undergoing large-scale efficacy tests.

At the briefing, Maria Van Kerhove, WHO’s technical lead, said that officials believe the infection kills 0.6% of all patients but the fatality rate was difficult to measure due to the number of unknown coronavirus patients, The Sun reports.

According to the statistics presented, it makes Covid-19 six times more deadly than seasonal flu.

Source: BBC, Sky News, The Sun

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