‘We still have a long road to travel’
The World Health Organisation is holding its own press conference.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, says a “vaccine on its own will not end the pandemic”.
He told the global health body’s executive board meeting: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we knew that a vaccine would be essential for bringing the pandemic under control.
“But it’s important to emphasise that a vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them. A vaccine on its own will not end the pandemic.
“Initially, supply will be limited, so health workers, older people and other at-risk populations will be prioritised.
“That will hopefully reduce the number of deaths and enable health systems to cope.
“But that will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move – surveillance will need to continue; people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for; contacts will still need to be traced and quarantined; communities will still need to be engaged, and individuals will still need to be careful.
“We still have a long road to travel.”