“Countries are going to lurch back into third and fourth surges if we’re not careful.” Mike Ryan, WHO’s prime emergency knowledgeable, instructed a web-based briefing.

Agencies, Geneva

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:07 AM IST

The arrival of Covid-19 vaccines shouldn’t tempt nations to chill out efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, prime World Health Organization officers mentioned on Friday, citing concern that Brazil’s epidemic may unfold to different nations.

“We think we’re through this. We’re not,” Mike Ryan, WHO’s prime emergency knowledgeable, instructed a web-based briefing. “Countries are going to lurch back into third and fourth surges if we’re not careful.” Record Covid-19 deaths have been reported in Brazil this week and its hospital system is getting ready to collapse, pushed partly by a extra contagious variant first recognized there.

The US Senate narrowly accepted a $1.9 trillion Covid aid invoice on Saturday. The chamber set a document in its longest single vote within the trendy period at 11 hours and 50 minutes. The combat just isn’t over because the invoice must return to the House for the ultimate approval.

‘AstraZeneca effective against Brazil variant’

Preliminary knowledge from a research carried out on the University of Oxford signifies that the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca is efficient towards the P1, or Brazilian, variant, a supply with data of the research instructed Reuters on Friday.

The knowledge signifies that the vaccine is not going to must be modified with a view to shield towards the variant, which is believed to have originated within the Amazonian metropolis of Manaus, mentioned the supply, who requested anonymity because the outcomes haven’t but been made public. The supply mentioned the total outcomes of the research must be launched quickly, probably in March.

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