Even in the absence of the necessary number of vaccines, it is impossible to talk about the inevitability of a new wave of coronavirus. Humanity has proven means to contain the virus. This opinion was expressed by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) program for health emergencies, Mike Ryan, at a press conference broadcast on the organization’s Twitter.
Ryan warned that in most countries, mass vaccination is either impossible, or the available vaccines are not enough to stop the spread of the virus. According to the epidemiologist, people convince themselves that they can do nothing about the spread of the virus, that a new wave, overcrowding of hospitals and cemeteries is inevitable.
“It’s not inevitable, it can be stopped. But this will require new efforts from a society that is already very tired, from medical professionals who are exhausted, and it is becoming harder and harder for everyone to pull themselves together,” Ryan stressed. As such measures, he called monitoring and quarantine of new cases, tracking their contacts, as well as individual protection measures.
In addition, according to the WHO representative, poor countries lack solidarity from richer countries that could help with the supply of vaccines, which is why many people have lost hope. “They were left to fight this pandemic alone, and they have no hope that the vaccines will come, there will be no help,” Ryan said.
Earlier, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa called on EU leaders to prepare for the fourth wave of coronavirus. He stressed that the EU does not want a new increase in the incidence of COVID-19 to bring to the region the problems that were observed last year.