- Several coronavirus vaccine trials will be completed shortly, and some of the front-runners could be classified as safe and effective in an emergency.
- World Health Organization health officials and Dr. Anthony Fauci warn that the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines will not be enough to reduce the transmission of the disease in the near future.
- According to Fauci, precautions like face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing must be continued even after the vaccines arrive.
The FDA will hold a major meeting on coronavirus vaccines in a few weeks’ time. At this point, we may have more details about the progress of experimental drugs that have reached the final stage of testing. AstraZeneca / Oxford, Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccine candidates have phase 3 trials underway and some of them await conclusions for the coming months ̵
Vaccination remains a touchy topic as more polls show Americans are increasingly reluctant to get one. Some people worry about the safety of these drugs, which have advanced at such an unusual rate, especially given the highly politicized nature of the vaccine talks ahead of the November elections. A large percentage of the world’s population needs to be vaccinated to reduce the rate of transmission of COVID-19. The logistics of making and using vaccines combined with vaccine resistance would result in something that may not seem intuitive. The arrival of vaccines means no end to the need to wear face masks and take other precautions that can prevent infection. On the contrary, as Dr. Anthony Fauci and World Health Organization officials recently stated.
Fauci said Thursday that no coronavirus vaccine will be 100% effective and not be taken by 100% of the population. This allows the virus to spread further. An effective vaccine, therefore, would not mean that people can stop wearing face masks and take other public health measures, such as: B. Social distancing and regular hand washing.
“It will not eliminate the need to be prudent and cautious in our public health actions,” Fauci said during a Facebook Live chat with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, via Associated Press. “I think if we can get 75 to 80% of the population vaccinated it would be a really good accomplishment,” Fauci said of vaccines, noting that he is handy on the matter.
The doctor also addressed a recent CDC controversy regarding aerosol transmission. “There is enough data to say that aerosol transmission is occurring,” Fauci told Murphy. The virus stays in the air “for a period” instead of falling to the ground, which is the case with larger droplets of saliva.
WHO officials reiterated those remarks on Friday as they addressed the upcoming milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Covid trackers, the disease will have killed its one millionth victim by Monday. WHO said that number could double if countries don’t work together to reduce the spread. It’s not just vaccines that prevent the disease from spreading, but public health measures that can reduce transmission.
“It’s certainly inconceivable, but it’s not impossible because if we lose 1 million people in nine months and then just look at the realities of vaccine manufacturing for the next nine months, it is a big task for everyone involved.” The Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, Dr. Mike Ryan said during a press conference in Geneva. “The real question is: are we together ready to do whatever we can to avoid this number?”
Like Fauci, Ryan said vaccines must be combined with anything else that can prevent the infection, including face masks.
“The time to act is now for every single aspect of this strategic approach,” said Ryan. “Not just testing and tracking, not just clinical care, not just social distancing, not just hygiene, not just masks, not just vaccines. Do it all. And if we don’t do everything [2 million deaths] are not only imaginable, but unfortunately and unfortunately very likely. “
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical director on the pandemic, warned that the number of cases in Europe is rising and that flu season has not even started. “It’s late September, not even late September, and we haven’t even started our flu season,” she said. “What worries us is the possibility that these trends are going in the wrong direction.”
Dr. Bruce Aylward, a senior adviser to the WHO Director General, stressed that the endgame should not be vaccines. “Whether another million people die of Covid-19 does not depend on whether we have a vaccine or not. It depends on whether we use the tools, approaches and knowledge we have today to save lives and prevent transmission, ”said Aylward. “If we start thinking about it as a function of the vaccine, people will die unnecessarily and unacceptably while we wait for a vaccine. We shouldn’t wait. “