Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO

COVID-19 vaccines currently in phase 3 clinical trials, says WHO

*We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines ─Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO

*Warns ‘no silver bullet’ to contain virus

*Keep physical distance, wear mask, clean hands regularly, cough safely away from others

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Expressing satisfaction that the world has made considerable progress in identifying treatments that can help people with the most serious forms of COVID-19 recover in recent times, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says a number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials to prevent COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, disclosed this in a virtual news conference at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, in Switzerland, Monday, August 3.

Tedros said: “We all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection.

“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.

“Testing, isolating and treating patients, tracing and quarantining their contacts. Do it all.

“Inform, empower and listen to communities. Do it all.

“For individuals, it’s about keeping physical distance, wearing a mask, cleaning hands regularly and coughing safely away from others. Do it all.’’

The Director-General of WHO, in his message to people and governments worldwide, said: “Do it all, and when it’s under control, keep going! Keep strengthening the health system.

“Keep improving surveillance, contact tracing and ensure disrupted healthcare services are restarted as quickly as possible.

“Keep safeguards and monitoring in place, because lifting restrictions too quickly can lead to resurgence.

“Keep investing in the workforce and communicating and engaging communities.

“We have seen around the world, that it’s never too late to turn this pandemic around,’’ he said.

According to him, if we act together today, we can save lives, we can save livelihoods, if we do it all together.

Dr. Tedros added: “I’m pleased that the world has made progress in identifying treatments that can help people with the most serious forms of COVID-19 recover.

“The committee (WHO Emergency Committee) recommended that countries engage in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, participate in relevant clinical trials, and prepare for safe and effective therapeutics and vaccine introduction,’’ Ghebreyesus said.

However, the global health body of the United Nations (UN) has warned that there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19.

Tedros, therefore, urged governments and citizens to focus on known basic steps to suppress the pandemic, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask.

“However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment — and there might never be.

“The basics of public health” are most effective for now… wearing a mask in particular was sending a “powerful message to those around you that we are all in this together,” said the Director-General.

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