Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organisation warns

Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organisation warns

The scientist said that vaccines appear to be the best way out now but there is no way of telling what the future holds and that the pandemic could also get worse.

However, Dr Ryan said the discovery of an effective vaccine was beacon or hope that could give us a massive "moon shot" at eradicating the disease. "Both are fraught with dangers". "So I would say in a four- to five-year timeframe we could be looking at controlling this".

At the forum, in reply to a question from a journalist on whether a vaccine, when available, would be distributed equitably, Dr Kasai assured that vaccines belong to everybody around the world.

There are now more than 100 potential vaccines in development, but Dr Ryan noted there are other illnesses such as measles that still haven't been eliminated despite there being vaccines for them.

"Maybe what Soumya may have been referring to, is that the number of people in our population infected is relatively low", Dr Ryan said. "And we are offering life to people with HIV, long, healthy lives to people with HIV", he reasoned while saying that he is not comparing the two diseases.

Then Dr Ryan made the sobering warning.

"This virus may never go away, " WHO chief of health emergencies Dr Michael Ryan said in a press briefing on Thursday (NZT).

"HIV has not gone away - but we have come to terms with the virus", he said, adding that the world has found the therapies and the prevention methods for HIV.

"It will have to be highly effective and available to everyone and we will have to use it".

But these social, developmental, environmental and population health factors nevertheless affect the spread of the virus and the severity of COVID-19, explain the researchers.

The United Nations health agency has been releasing a raft of guidelines as to how operations should resume as lockdown measures continue to be eased across different countries globally.

These mitigation measures would place a significant strain on healthcare systems, primarily secondary and tertiary services, and inadequate testing and diagnostic capacity could mean many cases go unidentified in primary care settings. The logistics of making enough of the vaccine and distributing it to over 7 billion people on the planet is a monumental task.

"The global community has come together to work in solidarity", Van Kerkhove said.

He also said that even if a vaccine is found, the process of curbing the disease would require massive efforts.

This was disclosed by Mike Ryan who is the executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, BBC reports.

Health systems will struggle to cope without steps to stop spread of the virus, warn WHO experts.

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