Prepare for second and third waves of covid-19, WHO warns

World Grigory Matyunin 01-May-2020
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The World Health Organisation has  warned that countries throughout the world should prepare for further waves of coronavirus until a suitable vaccine has  been found.

Dr Hans Kluge, the head of the WHO in Europe, has noted that ‘covid-19 is not going away any time soon’.

The University of Oxford has announced its collaboration with AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical giant, for the purpose of developing and distributing a vaccine that is currently being trialled in the UK.

Dr Kluge has stated at a recent briefing, “One of the things we saw very clearly in different countries is the speed with which even the best health systems can be overwhelmed and devastated.

“So the biggest lesson overall at this stage would be that health really deserves to be at the top of the political agenda.

“Health is a driver of the economy — what we see now is that without health, there is no economy. Without health, there is no national security.

“Once we get out of the pandemic, through united efforts, this is a lesson never to be forgotten.”

Countries in Europe and the Middle East have passed the peak of the virus and are gradually beginning to loosen restrictions upon freedom of movement. The UK which, now has the world’s third largest death toll after Italy and the US, remains under lockdown.