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COVID-19 Vaccines Not A Silver Bullet To End The Pandemic: World Health Organisation

WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai said the development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one thing but producing them in adequate quantities and reaching everyone that needs them is another

COVID-19 Vaccines Not A Silver Bullet To End The Pandemic: World Health Organisation
Highlights
  • COVID19 vaccine will initially only be available in limited quantities: WHO
  • WHO Regional Director called to prioritise high-risk groups for vaccine
  • WHO experts said there is no room for complacency; remain vigilant

Manila: The World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for the Western Pacific on Thursday (December 17) called for greater vigilance amid the roll-out of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, saying the vaccine is not a “silver bullet” that will end the nearly year-long pandemic which has already killed over 1.6 million. “Whoever you are, wherever you live, as long as the virus is circulating somewhere, we all remain at risk, and we must keep preparing for the worst-case scenario,” WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai said in a virtual media briefing.

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Takeshi Kasai appealed to the younger and socially active people aged under 40 to “do everything you can to avoid infection for yourself and everybody around you” despite the anxiety and uncertainties brought about by the pandemic.

By following the advice of health authorities you can directly contribute to protecting the lives of people in your community and in doing so to reviving your society’s economies in 2021, Takeshi Kasai said.

“I urge you to think about those who may be at high risk of severe COVID. If you catch the virus, you could unknowingly pass it on to your parents or grandparents, your neighbour or friend with an underlying condition,” Takeshi Kasai said.

Moreover, he urged the young to “think of health workers who have been working day and night for almost a year. They are exhausted.”

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Takeshi Kasai also appealed to the governments across the region “to use an additional layer of surveillance that picks up an early sign of infection among those groups that are difficult to catch with the existing system.”

Takeshi Kasai said the COVID-19 vaccines “are not a silver bullet that will end the pandemic in the near future.”

The development of a safe and effective vaccine is one thing but producing them in adequate quantities and reaching everyone that needs them is another. They will initially only be available in limited quantities and high-risk groups should be prioritized first, he said.

“This means that we are tired of this pandemic, we must stick to the actions and behaviour which protect not only ourselves but also those around us. Hand washing, mask-wearing, physical distancing and avoiding places that have a high risk of transmission,” he added.

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For now we must keep making the choices that will reduce transmission of the virus and protect our families and our communities. By doing so we can go into 2021 with hope, Takeshi Kasai said.

Babatunde Olowokure, WHO regional emergency director, echoed Takeshi Kasai, saying that the “COVID-19 vaccine itself is not a silver bullet to end the COVID-19.”

There is no room for complacency. So we must continue to remain vigilant, continue to comply with our public health interventions, he said.

He further urged governments to “look at strategies” which could help the younger population cope with public health interventions and to manage those appropriately.

There are now 985,539 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific Region, including 18,641 deaths.

Also Read: Lack Of Adequate Cold Chain Biggest Challenge In COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Report

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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World

24,29,84,542Cases
20,45,14,204Active
3,35,32,126Recovered
49,38,212Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,29,84,542 and 49,38,212 have died; 20,45,14,204 are active cases and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 3:51 am.

India

3,41,59,562 16,326Cases
1,73,7282,017Active
3,35,32,126 17,677Recovered
4,53,708 666Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,59,562 confirmed cases including 4,53,708 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,73,728 and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,99,850 1,632

27,747 152

64,32,138 1,744

1,39,965 40

Kerala

48,97,884 9,361

81,490 603

47,88,629 9,401

27,765 563

Karnataka

29,85,227 378

8,920 97

29,38,312 464

37,995 11

Tamil Nadu

26,92,949 1,152

13,531 259

26,43,431 1,392

35,987 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,781 478

5,398 102

20,43,050 574

14,333 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,069 1

85 22

16,87,085 23

22,899

West Bengal

15,84,492 846

7,577 42

15,57,882 792

19,033 12

Delhi

14,39,526 38

340 29

14,14,095 8

25,091 1

Odisha

10,37,523 467

4,197 139

10,25,025 603

8,301 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,799 26

214 8

9,92,013 18

13,572

Rajasthan

9,54,396 1

32 4

9,45,410 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,378 25

165 9

8,16,126 16

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,729 8

80 8

7,82,126 16

10,523

Haryana

7,71,133 8

122 9

7,60,962 17

10,049

Bihar

7,26,045 3

30 0

7,16,354 3

9,661

Telangana

6,69,932 193

3,963 4

6,62,025 196

3,944 1

Assam

6,08,126 315

3,866 104

5,98,296 209

5,964 2

Punjab

6,02,163 28

230 4

5,85,382 24

16,551

Jharkhand

3,48,562 36

183 17

3,43,244 19

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,799 12

166 10

3,36,235 22

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,494 108

870 56

3,26,195 52

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,312 174

1,483 31

2,17,096 141

3,733 2

Goa

1,77,819 54

600 18

1,73,862 72

3,357

Puducherry

1,27,621 57

454 0

1,25,314 56

1,853 1

Manipur

1,23,107 56

906 440

1,20,294 494

1,907 2

Mizoram

1,16,689 745

9,636 398

1,06,653 1,143

400

Tripura

84,376 7

98 7

83,462 14

816

Meghalaya

83,269 59

698 37

81,128 94

1,443 2

Chandigarh

65,320 5

28 2

64,472 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,075 10

141 1

54,654 9

280

Sikkim

31,842 23

183 2

31,266 25

393

Nagaland

31,689 19

245 5

30,766 23

678 1

Ladakh

20,896

40 3

20,648 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679 1

4 0

10,671 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

6 1

7,511 1

129

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