The World Health Organization has said COVID-19 vaccine will only complement other tools but not stop the pandemic.
The agency director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “A vaccine will complement the other tools we have, not replace them, adding that “A vaccine on its own will not end the pandemic.”
On Saturday, the WHO’s figures showed that 660,905 cases were reported to the UN health agency, setting a new high watermark.
That number, and the 645,410 registered on Friday, surpassed the previous daily record high of 614,013 recorded on November 7.
The pandemic is raging months after it broke out, with infections soaring past 54 million and claiming more than 1.3 million lives.
Tedros said that supplies of the vaccine would initially be restricted, with “health workers, older people and other at-risk populations (to) be prioritized. That will hopefully reduce the number of deaths and enable the health systems to cope.”
He added, “That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated, and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced… and individuals will still need to be cared for.”