Is the second wave of coronavirus awaiting the world: good and bad news from WHO
On June 3, a senior representative of the World Health Organization shared the good and bad news regarding a possible second wave of coronavirus infection, writes New York Post... There is a "clear threat" of a second outbreak, he said, but the world will be better prepared for it.
“We still have no vaccine or cure for COVID-19,” said WHO European Director Hans Kluge during a press conference. The event was held in Russian to cover countries where many people speak it.
“The second wave of coronavirus is not inevitable. However, more and more countries are lifting restrictions, and there is a clear threat of a re-surge of COVID-19 infection. If these outbreaks are not stopped, then the second wave is quite likely, and it can become very destructive, ”he warned.
The good news is that the WHO European Director said that the world has learned a lot after the first wave.
“We better understand the virus and what measures work and how to prepare for the situation,” he said.
Kluge's direct speech in Russian - from 0:51 in this video:
The pandemic, which began in China at the end of 2019, has so far claimed the lives of more than 380 people worldwide, including more than 000 in the United States.
Experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, initially predicted that it could take up to 18 months to develop an effective vaccine.
But Swiss drug maker Novartis will begin producing a genetic vaccine against coronavirus as early as June 2020 as part of an agreement with researchers from Massachusetts.
AveXis, the Novartis Gene Therapy Division, has agreed to the production of a vaccine being developed by the Massachusetts Hearing and Visual Illness Clinics and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Clinical trials are scheduled to begin in the second half of this year.
President Trump said the vaccine will be developed and ready for use by the end of 2020.
"We are preparing. And when we receive the good news that we have a vaccine, we have a formula, we have what we need, we will be ready to go - instead of spending years preparing, ”said the US President.
"We are preparing. It's risky. It's expensive, but we'll save a huge amount of time, save years, if we do it right, ”added Trump.
A little earlier he accused WHO of inaction during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as lobbying for the interests of China, and said that the US is suspending relations with this organization.
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