Geneva: The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that certain treatments seem to be limiting the severity or duration of the COVID-19 disease, and it is concentrating on learning more about the most promising 4 or 5 diseases.
The Geneva-based WHO is leading a global initiative to develop safe and effective vaccines, tests and medicines to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19. According to Reuters statistics, respiratory diseases have infected 4.19 million people worldwide.
“We do have some treatments that seem to be in very early studies limiting the severity or the length of the illness but we do not have anything that can kill or stop the virus,” spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a briefing, referring to the body’s so-called Solidarity Trial of drugs against the disease.
“We do have potentially positive data coming out but we need to see more data to be 100% confident that we can say this treatment over that one,” she added, saying more research was needed and planned.
Harris did not mention treatment. Gilead Science Company GILD.O said that its antiviral drug remdesivir has helped improve the prognosis of patients with COVID-19.
WHO officials issued cautious warnings about vaccine expectations, but said coronaviruses are generally “very tricky viruses” and “difficult to produce vaccines against them.”
More than 100 potential COVID-19 vaccines are being developed, including several vaccines in clinical trials. The WHO stated in April that the vaccine will take at least 12 months.
Harris said that the Americas are the current “center” of the pandemic, although she also noted the pandemic cases in Africa. However, she said that the African continent has a “great advantage” compared to other countries that have little experience with outbreaks of infectious diseases.
“They often have very good contact tracing infrastructure and a deep, deep, deep memory and understanding of why we take a new pathogen very, very seriously,” she said, singling out South Africa for its effective testing and contact tracing.
Asked about the reasons for high case loads in the United States and Brazil, Harris said: “Around the world we have seen that the warnings we put out right from the start, very, very early on, were not seen as warnings about a very serious, lethal disease.”
She reiterated that WHO will conduct a “post-mortem review” review, which includes a “free and frank” discussion of its performance, and WHO has been criticized by the United States especially for its response to the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump is working hard to quickly reopen the economy on the advice of health experts to exercise caution to avoid another outbreak of the virus. To date, the virus has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States, the highest number of deaths in the world. He said he took action as early as possible to prevent the spread of the disease.
Brazil has registered a total of 168,331 confirmed cases of virus and 11,519 deaths, which is the deadliest outbreak in an emerging market country.
According to the British Medical Journal The Lancet, the biggest threat to Brazil ’s ability to resist the spread of coronavirus is President Jal Bolsonaro.
“The Lancet” magazine said in an editorial that his disregard and contempt for the locking measures caused confusion throughout Brazil. Bolsonaro ’s press office declined to comment on the editorial of The Lancet.