WHO Warns Coronavirus “May Never Go Away”

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WHO Warns Coronavirus “May Never Go Away”

Over 100 vaccines being developed, none are proving effective

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is preparing people for a potential reality that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may simply become part of our lives, with more than 100 vaccines in development right now not proving to be effective.On Wednesday, WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan told an online briefing that the coronavirus may just be something that we all have to live with and that it will never be fully eliminated or cured.“It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away. HIV has not gone away, but we have come to terms with the virus,” he said, according to Al Jazeera.“I think it is important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear. I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be.”He also said that finding a functional vaccine may be out of reach, with more than 100 COVID-19 vaccines being developed at present and none of them showing signs of being effective. He described the likelihood of finding such a vaccine as a “massive moonshot.” He also noted that other diseases like measles which have vaccines still haven’t been completely eliminated.Experts around the world have noted how incredibly difficult developing a vaccine against coronaviruses is in the 100+ projects around the world that include a number of research teams entering clinical trials.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that it is rather down to populations around the world to alter their behaviour accordingly in order to curtail the spread of the virus and mitigate the impact that it has on our lives.“The trajectory is in our hands, and it’s everybody’s business, and we should all contribute to stop this pandemic,” he said.“Many countries would like to get out of the different measures. But our recommendation is still the alert at any country should be at the highest level possible.”
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