“A vaccine will complete the other tools we have, not to replace them ”, declared Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during the executive council of the agency he directs.
Adhanom Ghebreyesus was present in the room after being quarantined on 2 November for having been in contact with a person diagnosed positive for coronavirus.
Regarding the vaccine, the general director and other directors of the WHO have spent the last few days tempering the optimism generated by the announcement of Pfizer and BioNTech to have preliminary data of a phase III vaccine with an efficacy of 90%.
“Initially, the numbers will be limited, and therefore health personnel, the elderly and those most at risk will have priority, and we hope that this will reduce the number of deaths and allow the health systems to resist,” said the director. general.
“But that will still leave a lot of room for virus to operate ”, he warned. The director therefore urged not to abandon the measures that prevent the spread of the virus, such as tests, quarantines or respect health prevention measures.