Vaccines won’t have hard immunity this year: WHO
Although coronavirus vaccination has started in different countries, ‘hard immunity’ will not be achieved this year. This was stated by Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a virtual press conference at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva on Monday. On the other hand, King Sultan Abdullah of Malaysia has declared a state of emergency across the country to control the corona infection.
He declared a state of emergency on Tuesday. News from AFP and Reuters.
When the regional majority population is resistant to an infectious disease, the terminological name of the situation is ‘Hard immunity’. Hard immunity can be reached through recovery from infection and vaccination.
Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientist at the WHO, said it would take time to produce and deliver enough vaccines to stop the spread of corona. “We are not achieving any level of hard immunity in 2021,” he said.
The scientist stressed the need to maintain social distance, hand washing, and wearing masks to control corona. Soumya Swaminathan described the discovery of multiple safe and effective vaccines for corona within a year as ‘unthinkable’. He praised the scientists for this success. He called the discovery “incredible progress.”
However, the chief WHO scientist noted that it would take time to produce and deliver the required number of vaccines. He urged the people to be patient for this. Swaminathan said, “We must not forget that there are measures against Corona.”
In this context, the scientist said that the public health and social rules that are being followed to prevent the spread of corona need to be followed at least for the rest of this year.
On the other hand, King Sultan of Malaysia has declared a state of emergency in the country to control Corona. Depending on the situation, the state of emergency in Malaysia may last until August 1. A few days ago, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced a nationwide travel ban and a 14-day lockdown in the capital Kuala Lumpur and five states in the wake of the corona outbreak.
Prime Minister Muhiddin Yassin said the health care management in Malaysia, a country of 32 million people, is now going through a crisis due to the coronavirus.
Last week, for the first time in the country, more than 3,000 corona patients were identified in a single day. As of last Monday, more than one lakh 38 thousand people have been infected with the government, and more than five hundred and fifty have died.