There may never be a “silver bullet” for stopping the spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said Monday.
“A number of vaccines are now in Phase 3 clinical trials, and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there’s no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom, WHO director-general, said in a media briefing Monday.
Adhanom urged all countries and individuals to “do it all” — listing testing, contact tracing, social distancing and wearing masks — as some of the necessary things that must continue to be done to stop the spread of the virus.
The comments come as the number of confirmed cases and resulting deaths from COVID-19 continue to climb worldwide. The total number of confirmed cases ion Monday is nearly 18.2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, which tallied a total of 691,300 deaths.
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that a “permanent lockdown” policy is not a “viable path forward” in combating the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that other countries have seen a resurgence in cases after lockdowns.
In Norway, officials banned all cruise ships with more than 100 people on board from disembarking passengers at Norwegian ports after a coronavirus outbreak on a vessel left 41 people infected.
“The pandemic is not over,” Health Minister Bent Høie told a news conference.
Cases of COVID-19 in Latin America surpassed 5 million, according to a Reuters tally Monday, including more than 10,000 new cases in Colombia and more than 16,600 new cases in Brazil.