JAKARTA – The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes that vaccines should not be seen as the ultimate solution to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
WHO emergency director Michael Ryan said a vaccine would not arrive in time to tackle the second wave of the pandemic.
Although recently vaccines made by pharmaceutical companies have been promising, according to Ryan, many countries will experience a second wave and will go through it without vaccines.
“We need to understand and internalize it, and realize: We have to climb the mountain this time, without a vaccine,” Ryan said as quoted by AFP, Thursday (19/11).
Pfizer said it had completed development of a vaccine that yielded a 95 percent effectiveness rate against Covid-19. In addition, Moderna earlier in the week said their vaccine candidate was 94.5 percent effective, while the Russian-made vaccine was claimed to be 90 percent effective.
Ryan said not to let your guard down on the coronavirus because of the mistaken belief that a vaccine will solve the problem.
“Some people think a vaccine will, in a sense, be a solution, a unicorn we all chase. It’s not like that, “he said.
“If we have a vaccine and forget about everything else, Covid will not be zero,” he added.
Since Covid-19 spread throughout the world from China at the end of December 2019, the number of infection cases involved 55.6 million people. The number of victims due to the corona virus touched 1.3 million people.