No ‘silver bullet’ to defeat coronavirus: WHO
Published: 09:19 PM, 3 August 2020
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said there might never be a ‘silver bullet’ for the novel coronavirus despite the rush to discover effective vaccines.
He made the remarks on Monday at the media briefing of the World Health Organization(WHO) on COVID-19.
“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,” said WHO DG. “However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be.”
“However, we’ve also seen how some countries, regions or localities that had a high number of cases are now bringing the outbreak under control. It’s not easy, of course. Strict measures may cause their own problems for delivery of essential health services, the economy and societies overall.”
For now, world leaders can stop new outbreaks by practicing the basics of public health and disease control, Tedros said.
There are no-FDA approved drugs for the coronavirus, which has infected more than 18 million people worldwide and killed at least 693,980, according to data compiled by Worldometer.