William Haseltine, groundbreaking researcher in cancer, HIV / AIDS and human genome projects, said the best approach to the pandemic was to manage the disease through careful surveillance of infections and isolation measures strict every time it starts to spread.
He said that even if a vaccine could be developed, “I wouldn’t count on it” and urged people to wear masks, wash their hands, clean surfaces and keep a distance.
“Do not listen to politicians who say we will have one when I get re-elected,” he said. “Maybe we will (but) I’m just saying it’s not a slam-dunk case by any means … because every time people have tried to do a vaccine – for Sars or Mers – he did not really protect. “
Vaccines previously developed for other types of coronaviruses have failed to protect the mucous membranes of the nose where the virus usually enters the body, he said.
The United States and other countries have not done enough to “forcibly isolate” those exposed to the virus, said Haseltine, but welcomed efforts by China, South Korea and Taiwan to fight against infections.
Haseltine stated that the United States, Russia and Brazil – who rank first, second and third for infections – have done the worst.
As infections around the world approach 5 million, Brazil reported 19,951 cases on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health, bringing the total number of infections to 291,579. If the trend continues, the country will soon overtake the cases of Russia (308,705).
Meanwhile, the Brazilian Ministry of Health has issued new guidelines for the wider use of antimalarials in mild cases of coronavirus, a treatment touted by President Jair Bolsonaro in defiance of public health experts warning of the potential risks to health.
Acting Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, an army general, authorized the use after two doctors left the top ministry post under pressure to promote early use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
The new guidelines suggest a dosage for the antimalarials as well as the antibiotic azithromycin at the onset of symptoms. Patients or family members will need to sign a waiver acknowledging the potential side effects.
President Trump has said that his hydroxycholoquine regimen, which runs counter to advice from the US Food and Drug Administration, will end in two days. Trump also said that if New York and New Jersey were not included in the US figures for Covid-19, the country would be “pretty much in a class by ourselves.” He sharply criticized the figures reported by China on coronaviruses, saying, “They gave figures so low … I saw more problems on TV than they reported, just by looking at a photo. “
The Bangkok-based Mahidol Oxford tropical medicine research unit, which is supported by the University of Oxford and the Wellcome charity, will conduct a clinical trial with more than 40,000 people, including British health workers, to assess antimalarial drugs with regard to: Covid19.
Doctors have warned that using coronavirus drugs can be dangerous and have very serious side effects.
Japan lifted its state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo on Thursday as the number of new coronavirus infections decreases, said Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura. A state of emergency has been lifted in much of the country, with the exception of Tokyo and four other prefectures, including the northern island of Hokkaido.
“I think it is safe to lift the state of emergency in Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo since the number of new infections in recent days is less than 0.5 cases per 100,000 people and the medical services are under control, “said Nishimura.
According to the public broadcaster NHK, Japan has not experienced the explosive explosion in many other countries, with 16,433 confirmed cases, including 784 deaths.
ChinaThe most important political event of the year, the two-day National People’s Congress begins Thursday, during which leaders will mark policies and indicate new political directions, delayed two months due to the coronavirus.
Symbolically, the meeting aims to mark Beijing’s victory over the virus and to emphasize government control and leadership as it attempts to emerge from the pandemic. The country has reported two new cases of Covid-19 and no deaths in the 24 hours until Thursday, according to the national health commission. In other coronavirus developments:
In other coronavirus developments:
- the German Lufthansa has confirmed that it is in talks with the government over a $ 10 billion bailout that would see the state take a significant share of the carrier.
Over 100 people tested positive for coronavirus in a western abattoir France, regional health authorities announced on Wednesday.
MexicoThe health ministry on Wednesday recorded 2,448 new coronavirus infections and 424 additional deaths, a record number of deaths in the day since the start of the pandemic. It brings the number of cases to 56,594 and 6,090 deaths in total.
Californian Authorities have announced that they will launch guidelines for the resumption of production of Hollywood films and TV shows on Monday, but Governor Gavin Newsom has warned that Los Angeles County is likely to be excluded from the premiere. phase. Because of the challenges of social distance on sets, Hollywood should be among the last industries to return.
Australian State and territory leaders bickered on Thursday over whether to reopen internal borders, an important step to rejuvenate the domestic tourism industry by $ 50 billion as part of measures to ease restrictions on coronaviruses .
Bars and pubs in New Zealand will reopen on Thursday, but capacity will more than halve to meet social distancing guidelines.