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There may Never be a COVID-19 ‘Silver Bullet’ WHO Warns

August 3, Monday, the World Health Organization that there might never be a ‘silver bullet’ for coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines.

The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance, and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic.

“The message to people and governments is clear: ‘Do it all’,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news briefing.

“A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment — and there might never be,” he added.

Tedros also noted that multiple vaccine candidates are in the third phase of clinical trials and expressed hope that a number will be effective to prevent infection by the coronavirus. Phase 3 testing is designed to see if a vaccine candidate actually prevents disease.

As of July 31, WHO reports that six vaccine candidates in phase 3 have joined Operation Warp Speed to have a coronavirus vaccine widely available by early 2021.

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