From the World Health Organization (WHO), they stressed the importance of continuing coronavirus prevention measures even though the vaccination campaign has started in several countries. WHO Director of Health Emergencies Mike Ryan said: «It’s not time to relax with the measures, if we do, we run the risk of a new wave of cases.»
Ryan explained that the fight against coronavirus has three fundamental pillars: individual prevention measures, public health surveillance and vaccination. «We can make confinements a thing of the past» if the three pillars work simultaneously and «failing one of them, we will return to large-scale social measures.»
«I understand that we are all tired and fed up, but control is in our hands, we are approaching the light at the end of the tunnel,» he said at the wholly meeting of WHO experts. Some 115 countries began vaccination campaigns and some 265 million doses have already been administered worldwide. The distribution is uneven as 80% were destined for 10 countries such as the United States, China and the United Kingdom, nations leading the numbers of vaccinated people. Ryan also highlighted the distribution of vaccines through the COVAX solidarity network, which has already sent 10 million doses to a dozen countries, including Colombia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s anti-vid technical unit, expressed concern about the new strains but stressed that the usual prevention measures (distance, hand washing , beard use) also work against these variants.