(ORDO NEWS) — The World Health Organization has issued a statement that the coronavirus pandemic will not end soon. The WHO continues to assert that new strains of the virus may appear.
The announcement was made on Feb. 11 by research assistant Suma Swaminathan after he visited South Africa. He emphasized that in reality the COVID-19 pandemic is still too far from the end.
Experts note that the coronavirus mutates too quickly, so it is worth preparing for the fact that many new and dangerous strains may appear in the future. Accordingly, the pandemic will continue for a long time.
Swaminathan joined the WHO delegation led by Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He, along with his colleagues, went on a visit to the city of Cape Town, which is located in South Africa. During his visit, he visited a laboratory owned by a fairly large local company, Afrigen Bioligy.
This laboratory was the first in Africa to create a fairly effective vaccine to fight coronavirus. The drug was based on modern technology, which involved the use of messenger RNA (mRNA). Additionally, those scientific developments that were proposed by Moderna were taken into account.
It is worth noting that Moderna made a statement some time ago that the company was not going to honor patents on the vaccine it developed. Accordingly, they gave permission to specialists from Cape Town to independently develop an individual version of the drug. Clinical trials of the next vaccine are scheduled for the end of 2022.
Earlier, the head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had already said that the pandemic could end in 2022. This will require a large part of the population to be vaccinated, as well as to overcome the injustice that has arisen during the distribution of vaccines between different countries.
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