As vaccination programmes are being rolled out all over the world, a senior official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the pandemic will not be over by the end of 2021.
Dr. Michael Ryan, Director of the WHO’s Emergencies Programme, says this would be a “premature” and “unrealistic” expectation. At this moment, he says, countries’ singular focus should be keeping the transmission of virus as low as possible.
Dr. Ryan is optimistic, however, that the vaccines coming on stream will at least reduce hospitalisations and deaths dramatically.
But he warns against complacency, noting that nothing is guaranteed in an evolving epidemic.
In the meantime, persons who specialize in natural medicines have been warned against pushing these as an alternative to vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne issued the warning on the weekend, saying that residents should opt for the vaccine, instead of any other treatment, since it saves lives.
Browne also addressed the issue of residents not wanting to take the vaccine for personal reasons.
He labelled their decision as egocentric and chided them to get vaccinated – not only for themselves, but for their loved ones who might fall ill as a result of being infected.
Bowne, who is anxious for the population to develop herd immunity, speculated that, if this is not achieved, the country might face international sanctions.