Studying the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) advanced team has concluded their mission to put the groundwork to identify the virus origins in China, the UN health agency mentioned on Monday.
The WHO and Chinese experts have drafted the Terms of Reference for the research and program of work for an international team, led by WHO. The international staff will embrace leading scientists and researchers from China and worldwide, the WHO mentioned.
“Epidemiological research will start in Wuhan to determine the potential source of an infection of the early cases. Evidence and hypotheses generated utilizing this work will lay the ground for further, longer-term research,” mentioned Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO.
“We know from serology research that most individuals stay inclined to this virus, even in areas which have skilled extreme outbreaks,” he mentioned including that over the previous week we’ve seen several international locations that appeared as if they have passed the worst now contending with recent spikes in cases.
Affirming that Testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts is the one way in present times to stop the illness from spreading as there is no such thing as a vaccine for the illness.
On Friday, the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 met and reviewed the current pandemic. The Committee recommended that international locations engage in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, take part in related scientific trials, and put together for protected and efficient therapeutics and vaccine introduction. ACT goals to speed up the event, manufacturing, and equitable entry to New COVID-19 diagnostics, medicine, and vaccines. The ACT facility beneath the WHO will pool requirements and manufacturing capability of nations to allow equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines.
“Quite a few vaccines at the moment are in section three scientific trials and all of us hope to have various efficient vaccines that may assist prevent people from the infection,” mentioned Ghebreyesus.
“However, there’s no silver bullet in the meantime and there would possibly never be,” he mentioned adding that for now, stopping outbreaks comes all the way down to the fundamentals of public health and disease control.