Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 6:12 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: According to Dr. Hans Kluge, Europe Director for the World Health Organization (WHO), countries around the world will continue to see waves of COVID-19, until a vaccine is developed.
Speaking specifically about Europe, Kluge said that cases will continue to show up, despite several countries managing to reduce the number of new cases, while countries that have survived their first wave should brace for a second and third. At the end of April, Kluge noted that COVID-19 and its effects are not going to go away any time soon and that public health systems will need to give it more prominence when the initial effects have died down.
“This will require the collaboration and understanding of everyone, not least with the summer coming, that everyone has to do its share while moving to a new reality where public health has to have a more prominent place in society,’ Kluge said.
Scientists all over the world are currently searching for a vaccine, with some claiming to be closer than others with their projected deadlines to have a working vaccine ready for mass production. A research team from Oxford University said that they may be ready by as early as September 2020, while Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, who has invested over US$20 million in research and development of a vaccine, says that it could be around February 2021.
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