Corona: “Don’t hope for a vaccine right away” warns top scientist

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A leading American scientist warns that citizens should not expect the coronavirus vaccine to be ready in the near future, as the global number of cases exceeds the 5 million mark, with Brazil announcing nearly 20,000 new infections.

William Hazeltin, a leading scientist in cancer research, HIV/AIDS and the analysis of the human genome, he said the best approach to pandemic is to control the disease through careful tracking of infections and strict isolation measures once it begins to spread again.

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In particular, he explained that while efforts are being made to develop vaccines, he would not support his hopes there, while urging citizens to wear a mask, wash their hands, disinfect surfaces and keep their distance.

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“Don’t listen to politicians who say we will have a vaccine ready when their re-election is at stake,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then, but I don’t think it’s a problem that can be solved in one go. After all, every time efforts were made to develop a vaccine for other coronaviruses, such as Sars and Mers, in the end, it did not provide protection. ”

He explained that vaccines for other coronaviruses failed to protect the mucous membranes of the nose, where viruses usually enter the human body.

The United States and other countries have not done enough to “force people to isolate themselves,” said Hazeltin, who praised China, South Korea and Taiwan’s efforts to reduce the number of new infections.

In his view, the United States, Russia and Brazil, which occupy the top three in terms of the number of cases, have proven to be the weakest in terms of management.

Sad record for Brazil

As the number of infections exceeded 5 million worldwide, Brazil announced a record number of 19,951 cases on Wednesday, according to the country’s health ministry, bringing the total to 291,579. If it continues at this pace, the country will soon outgrow Russia in the number of infections.

Brazil’s health ministry has issued new guidelines for more extensive use of anticonvulsant drugs for mild cases of coronavirus, a treatment defended by the country’s president, Zaire Bolsonaro, against scientists warning of its potential dangers.

At the same time, Health Minister Eduardo Patuello, a general, approved their use. The two previous ministers, doctors by profession, were fired by the ministry overpressure to encourage the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in the early stages of the disease.

The new guidelines suggest dosages for antimalarial drugs in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin, from the onset of symptoms. Patients or their family members must sign a responsible statement confirming that they are aware of the possible side effects.

Trump is immovable

President Trump has said he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a precaution, contrary to US Food and Drug Administration guidelines. According to him, his preventive treatment will be completed in two days. Trump also said that if New York and New Jersey were not included in the number of US cases, the country would do better than everyone else. In addition, he strongly criticized China for the figures, saying: “They have released too low numbers. On television, I have seen that the problem is much more acute than they report, just by looking at the picture.”

The most important political event of the year in China, the two-day National Citizens’ Congress, begins on Thursday. In its context, leaders will ratify new policies and show the way for new strategic directions. It will be delayed by two months due to corona.

At a symbolic level, the meeting is aimed at marking Beijing’s victory over the virus and emphasizing the government’s control and leadership as it seeks to move on to the next day of the pandemic. The country has recorded two new cases of corona and no deaths in the last 24 hours, according to official figures.

Source: www.theguardian.com

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