Despite the fact that vaccines against covid-19 are being administered in many countries, the The World Health Organization (WHO) warned this Monday that herd immunity will not be achieved this year.
“We are not going to achieve any level of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021,” said Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, at a press conference, stating that it will take time to produce and administer enough doses to slow the spread of the virus. In addition, he insisted on the need to maintain hygiene and distancing measures and the use of a mask to stop the coronavirus epidemic.
The official praised the “incredible progress” made by the scientists who participated in the development of not one, but several safe and effective vaccines against the new coronavirus in a year, although she stressed that deploying it “takes time.” “It takes time to increase dose production, It is not just a question of millions, but here we are talking about billions “of doses, he pointed out, asking the population to be “a little patient.”
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Swaminathan said that at some point vaccines will reach all countries, “but in the meantime, we must not forget that there are measures that work,” he recalled. According to her, hygiene and distancing measures against the coronavirus should remain in force, “at least for the remainder of the year.”
The coronavirus in the world
According to the most recent report, with figures as of Monday, since the pandemic began, 90,695,701 positive cases of covid-19 have been registered in the world, and 1,940,593 people have died.
About 40 countries have already started vaccinating their population. In Latin America, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica they are already applying the vaccine.
Israel is the leading country in the world in vaccination against the coronavirus, having reached in almost three weeks to immunize 1,700,000 citizens, slightly more than 18 percent of its population.
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