WHO: NO SILVER BULLET FOR CORONAVIRUS
As the world races to find a vaccine, the head of the World Health Organization warned that a breakthrough was not yet within sight and that there might never be a simple solution to defeat the coronavirus.
“A number of vaccines are now in Phase 3 clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director general, said on Monday, according to a Morning Briefing from The New York Times. “However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be.”
Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S., last week said he was “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine could be developed by the end of this year. The comments by Dr. Tedros seemed intended to guard against countries moving away from measures to slow the spread of the virus.
In other developments:
■ A team of W.H.O. experts has concluded a three-week visit to China to begin investigating the source of the virus — the first step in what is likely to be a monthslong inquiry.
■ President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has ordered Manila and its suburbs to re-enter lockdown for two weeks after the health department reported 5,032 new cases.
■ As the pandemic consumes global health resources, tuberculosis — the biggest infectious-disease killer worldwide — as well as H.I.V. and malaria are making a comeback.