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No guarantee of a vaccine. World will have to adapt to the new virus – WHO envoy

David Nabarro, a professor of global health at Imperial College, London and envoy for World Health Organisation had a chilling message for the world.

In an interview with The Observer, the professor warned that humanity will have to live with the threat of coronavirus “for the foreseeable future” because there is no guarantee that a vaccine can be successfully developed.

The warning came as the global death toll zoomed past 1.6 lakh mark. In India, more than 16,000 positive cases have been detected and more than 500 have succumbed to the disease.

David Nabarro explained his viewpoint, saying that some viruses are extremely difficult to counter with vaccines.

“So for the foreseeable future, we are going to have to find ways to go about our lives with this virus as a constant threat.

That means isolating those who show signs of the disease and also their contacts. Older people will have to be protected. In addition, hospital capacity for dealing with cases will have to be ensured. That is going to be the new normal for us all,” he said.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that is causing the current pandemic falls in the family of coronaviruses for which no medically proven predecessor exists. As such any COVID-19 vaccine will certainly be a very big achievement.


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