The future vaccine against the coronavirus will not be enough on its own to defeat the pandemic, warned Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Monday.
“A vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them,” he said.
Limited quantities of vaccines
Like several of his deputies in recent days, the director of the global body has worked to temper the optimism that emerged last week when Pfizer and BioNTech announced that preliminary data from the trials of their vaccine in phase III showed an efficacy of 90%.
“Initially, the quantities will be limited and therefore caregivers, the elderly and those at risk will have priority and we hope that this will reduce the number of deaths and allow health systems to resist”, underlined the General manager.
Sanitary measures must continue
“But this will still leave a lot of scope for the virus to operate,” he warned, urging not to prematurely end the measures that make it possible to control the expansion of Covid-19, such as tests, quarantine , follow-up of contact cases, etc.
The pandemic has resumed in many countries of Europe, forcing the authorities to take new measures to try to control it and the new cases are literally exploding in very many states of the United States.