WHO expert Mike Ryan:Just like HIV, coronavirus may never go away

As Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the world, the world is in desperate need for a vaccine.

The Executive director of the World Health Organization, health emergency program,Mike Ryan warned Wednesday that the new covid-19 virus may become endemic, just like the HIV/AIDS virus.

He said the virus may just become one of the known viruses that kills people annually around the world.

“This virus just may become another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away. HIV hasn’t gone away. I’m not comparing the two diseases but I think it is important that we’re realistic. I don’t think anyone can predict when or if this disease will disappear.

I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be”.

Although the two diseases are completely different, nobody can predict when or if COVID-19 will disappear just like in the case of HIV, he added.

He said,the world had some control over how it coped with the disease, although this would take a “massive effort” even if a vaccine was found — a prospect he described as a “massive moonshot”.

HIV/AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States and almost 40 years after, no vaccine or cure has been developed for the virus which has so far killed nearly a million people.

About 100 organizations worldwide are working on developing a coronavirus vaccine. Even if they find one that works, containing the virus will take a “massive effort,” the WHO official said.

There is no guarantee whether lifting the lockdown will start a fresh wave of coronavirus or not. As the risks are high.


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