Collective immunity will not defeat the Coronavirus pandemic, said Michael Ryan, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergency Programme, at a briefing in Geneva. This was reported by Star Tribune on Tuesday, August 18.
“The world’s population is still very far from the level of immunity that would allow to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. Collective immunity is not the solution we should be looking for,” Ryan said.
The publication notes that collective immunity is usually achieved through vaccination. Most scientists believe at least 70% of the population should have antibodies in order to prevent an outbreak. However, some experts believe that even if half the population is immune, it may also have an effect in preventing an outbreak. At present, most studies show that only 10-20% of people have antibodies to coronavirus.
Earlier in the day, WHO Director-General Tedros Adanom Hebrews noted that the coronavirus outbreak was due to the fact that this respiratory disease is relatively easy to transmit between people.
Last week, Gebrejesus said there were glimmers of hope in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, despite an increase in the number of sick and dead patients.
In his view, there are two elements to fighting the pandemic effectively: leaders must step up their actions and citizens must take these new measures.
It is worth noting that at the beginning of the spread of infection, WHO argued that we cannot cope with a pandemic without quarantine. Now they are calling on countries not to tighten quarantine measures.
Is all of the WHO’s statements so unequivocal?