Reuters, BBC and other major media reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine,there might never be a ‘silver bullet’for COVID-19. In addition, the WHO stated that the road to normality would be long with some countries requiring a reset of their current strategies.
Briefing from the U.N. body’s headquarters in Geneva, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said face masks should become a symbol of solidarity around the world. Also, “a number of vaccines are now in phase three 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.”
The World Health Organization also announced that it had completed the groundwork in China to probe the origins of the new coronavirus. Epidemiological studies will begin in Wuhan to identify the potential source of infection in the early cases. A larger, WHO-led team of Chinese and international experts is planned next, although the timing and composition of that was unclear.
At the beginning of 20th century, Paul Ehrlich, a Nobel prize-winning German physician and scientist, envisioned the creation of ‘magic bullets’, compounds that would specifically target disease-causing microorganisms. Thus, it could be possible to kill microbes without harming the body itself. He named the hypothetical agent as Zauberkugel, the magic bullet.