Health care workers, older people and other at-risk populations will be prioritized, but communities and individuals
will need to stay engaged and continue to use precautions. - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photo -

Published Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Covid-19 vaccine will not end
the pandemic, says WHO

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services


World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Monday a working vaccine alone will not end the coronavirus pandemic, and communities and individuals must still be engaged, reported Voice of America Journal, VOA.

According to VOA's report, the comments come as U.S. pharmaceutical company Moderna announced that its covid-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in late-stage trials.

Speaking remotely to WHO’s executive board, Adhanom said it is important to emphasize that a vaccine will complement other tools, not replace them.

Adhanom said that once a vaccine is given final approval and is ready to be distributed, supplies will initially be limited. He said health care workers, older people and other at-risk populations will be prioritized, which hopefully will reduce deaths and ease the strain on health systems.

“That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move,” he said.

He added that there will still be a need for testing, contact tracing and isolation. Communities and individuals will need to stay engaged and continue to use precautions.

Adhanom called on WHO’s executive board, made up of senior health officials from all member nations, to play a role in making sure nations continue following covid-19 precautions and let the agency know how they can support them.

While biotechnology international companies are running against the time to develop the covid-19 vaccine, in Costa Rica virus cases continue to rise.

The Ministry of Health reported on Monday the following statistics of the evolution of the virus in the country:

643 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 45,862 active cases.

18,681 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 124,592 cases since March, approximately 15% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients. But since October, there is no updated information about foreign-born deaths due to covid-19.

• 515 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 205 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from a 27-year-old to a 99-year-old). And 310 patients are in recovery rooms. Many of the remaining infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 77,164 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 62% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

1,566 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.3% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 593 women and 973 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 101-year-old person.

Since October authorities stopped providing the number of diagnostic covid-19 tests that have been made.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its Covid-19 Map.

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, CSSE, at Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed 1,325,752 people worldwide.

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