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‘There might never be a silver bullet’: WHO warns nations amid high hopes for COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi : Warning about the alarming rise of the coronavirus across the globe and showing the real picture of vaccines amid the high hopes of COVID-19 vaccinations, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that there might never be a ‘silver bullet’ for COVID-19.

For the virus which has afflicted over 18.14 million (over 1.8 crore) people across the world and has claimed lives of nearly 7 lakh people, the WHO said that ‘the road to normality would be very long’.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan exhorted leaders of all the countries across the world to ramp up testing and urged them to rigorously enforce health measures including mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing and testing, among their citizens, to curb the ever-increasing spread of this deadly virus.

“Do it all”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a clear message said to the people and governments across the world, during a virtual news briefing from the UN body’s headquarters in Geneva. He also said face masks should become a symbol of solidarity round the world.

“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,” Tedros said as quoted by news agency Reuters.