Vaccination will not be enough to stop coronavirus epidemic: WHO chief

Mr Tedros said the supply of vaccines would initially be curtailed (file)

The head of the World Health Organization said Monday that a single vaccine does not in itself stop the coronavirus epidemic.

The epidemic has been on the rise for months after the outbreak, with the infection reaching nearly 54 million and claiming the lives of more than 1.3 million people.

“One vaccine will replace the other resources we have, not replace them,” said Director-General Tedros Adhnom Gabreasis. “One vaccine will not end the epidemic on its own.”

WHO figures on Saturday show that 660,905 cases of coronavirus have been referred to the United Nations health agency, revealing a new watermark.

This number, and 645,410 registered on Friday, crossed the previous daily record high of 614,013 recorded on November 7.

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Mr Tedros said the supply of vaccines would initially be curtailed, giving priority to “health workers, the elderly and other high-risk populations”. It was hoped that the death toll would be reduced and health systems tackled Will be able to. “

But he warned: “It will still leave a lot of room for the virus to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, alone and care will need to be taken, contacts There will still be a need to find … and the person will still need to take care. “

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