The director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program, Michael Ryan, said Friday that a vaccine against COVID-19 could not be expected and admitted that the number of deaths could double over the next year and reach the two million at a press conference in Geneva.
The official highlighted the importance of using the tools already known to prevent the spread of the virus, such as social distance and the use of masks by the population, the treatments used by health professionals and the application of an intense process of tests by the health authorities of each country.
“It is certainly an unimaginable figure, but not impossible,” admitted the official. Michael Ryan stressed that the new coronavirus vaccine has not yet been discovered and that it is important for the public to realize that even after scientists discover it, a long process of “funding, distribution and acceptance” is still necessary .
Michael Ryan also praised advances in medicine in the fight against COVID-19 and the reduction in the death rate related to the new virus. “Doctors are making better use of oxygen treatments, intensive care, dexamethasone,” he said.