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What We Need to End the Coronavirus Pandemic


What We Need to End the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus has taken the world by storm. But what steps can we take to try and stem its spread?
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Aside from public health measures like mask wearing, washing your hands and social distancing, by now it's crystal clear that a vaccine is going to be pivotal in really slowing down this pandemic juggernaut and achieving the ultimate goal of 'herd immunity'. Which is why researchers from all over the globe have been fast-tracking COVID-19 vaccine development at an unprecedented rate.

But while it's truly incredible that we'll have an effective new vaccine in record time, the reality is it's really just the first step toward achieving herd immunity. The reality is, there are other obstacles we have to overcome and right now one of the biggest public health problems that stands in the way of finally stopping the pandemic... is skepticism.

And skepticism isn’t the only obstacle we have to overcome once we have a vaccine in order to stop the pandemic. After you’ve proven to the population that a vaccine is safe to take, there are still a number of practical hurdles, like distribution and accessibility, that need to be figured out. That’s not to mention that achieving full immunity from COVID-19, might not be just as simple as getting a single shot.

Experts have already said that any vaccine that gets approved for public use will most likely need to be administered in two doses at separate times to ensure full immunity. While all this seems like an uphill battle, the good news is that we’ve tried — and succeeded — in doing this before.

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Does a vaccine spell the end of the coronavirus pandemic? | DW Documentary

A vaccine against COVID-19 is considered the only realistic hope of overcoming the virus. Several vaccines have now been approved. But does that mean an end to the pandemic and a return to normal life are in sight?

A heated debate has broken out over whether we have enough vaccine and who will get it first: those who need it most urgently - or those who pay most? Many countries have long since reached lucrative deals with pharmaceutical companies to secure exclusive rights to millions of vaccine doses. Poorer states that cannot compete in the bidding are at risk of going empty-handed. If this is not prevented, global health apartheid will become more entrenched, driving inequality to new heights. And the pandemic will still be with us, warns Indian economist Jayati Ghosh.

The documentary takes us to some of the most important locations and centers of vaccine development and distribution – in Germany, the United States, Britain and India. Pharmaceutical developers worldwide have allowed the film team exclusive access to their research laboratories, where operations are normally kept strictly secret.

As we look at the countdown to vaccine development, we find a huge project at a crossroads: Will it prove possible not only to develop an effective vaccine against the new coronavirus but also to distribute it to the entire global population? Or will national egoisms ultimately torpedo the collective global effort?


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What variants mean for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic

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When Will the COVID-19 Pandemic End?

Dr. Susan Huang discusses when we may see the end of the pandemic, how experts came to the vaccination rates of 70% to 85% and why it’s important to continue masking, physical distancing and hand-washing in the meantime.

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Covid-19: Bill Gates predicts the end of the pandemic | The Economist

Bill Gates had long warned of the risk that a new virus would go global. Now he explains to Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, how—and when—the covid-19 pandemic is likely to end.

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Are We Nearing The End Of The Pandemic? ‘Don't Throw The Mask Away,’ Says Doctor | TODAY

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Are We Nearing The End Of The Pandemic? ‘Don't Throw The Mask Away,’ Says Doctor | TODAY

How long the Coronavirus pandemic will last

As lockdowns around the world continue in some form, and a new normal begins to bed itself in, many of us are wondering: when will this coronavirus pandemic end?


That’s a tricky question to answer. We are waiting for a vaccine - but when? Or may it never come along? What would a world with no vaccine look like - and for how long will we have to learn to live with the virus at the back of our minds?

In this video, we try to figure out what our future might look like.

We speak to the World Health Organization’s Dr Rosamund Lewis and Harvard’s Dr Stephen Kissler, as well as Professors Devi Sridhar, Elizabetta Grappelli, Jodie McVernon and Dora Vargha.

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How can a Covid-19 pandemic end? - BBC Africa

The coronavirus pandemic officially started when the World Health Organization declared it in March 2020, but how will it come to an end?

There are several scenarios which could lead to the pandemic being declared over.

BBC Africa's Saidata Sesay explains how this could happen.

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COVID-19: What's Next? (Ep. 2) – How will the pandemic end?

In episode two of his podcast on the COVID-19 pandemic, Goel – the founding head of Public Health Ontario, which was set up in response to the 2003 SARS crisis – looks at what we can expect in the weeks to come as authorities monitor the spread of disease and consider when and how to lift restrictions.
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Covid-19 pandemic will be over by January one way or the other: Fmr. FDA chief

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, member of the boards of Pfizer, Tempus and biotech company Illumina and former FDA commissioner, tells CNBC's Squawk Box he believes the Covid-19 pandemic will end within six months either because there will be widespread access to a vaccine or because enough people will have contracted the illness to the point where the virus stops spreading efficiently. For more coronavirus live updates:

The worst of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak will end by January either with a vaccine or because enough people in the country will have already been infected and have some immunity to it, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Thursday.

The restrictions and guidance implemented to curb the spread of the virus will not last forever, he said, urging people to practice public health precautions until the U.S. can safely return to normalcy. He added that it’s fine to socialize, but within reason and people should consider keeping “a small social circle.”

“This will be over by January one way or the other,” he said on “Squawk Box.” “Either we’ll get to a vaccine or we’ll just have spread enough it’s just going to stop spreading efficiently, so we have a short period of time to get through. We should do everything we can to preserve what we want of our way of life over that time period to just get through it.”

Policy makers are betting on an effective vaccine or that enough of the population will recover from the virus and achieve so-called herd immunity to curb the outbreak. However, there’s still no clear evidence that antibodies give people any protection against being reinfected.

Gottlieb sits on the board of pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which is one of the more than 10 companies with a coronavirus vaccine either currently in or preparing to begin clinical trials. On Wednesday, Pfizer reported positive results from its early-stage human trial, sending the stock up more than 3% on the day. The results have yet to be peer reviewed.

White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has previously said he’s “cautiously optimistic” a vaccine will be ready for U.S. distribution by early 2021. Several major companies with potential vaccines in development have already begun to invest in ramping up manufacturing of doses in preparation to meet demand if the vaccine candidates prove safe and effective in humans.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in congressional testimony last month that he is hopeful one of the several vaccine candidates will prove safe and effective, but he warned that “there’s never a guarantee.” It’s also likely that any coronavirus vaccine would not provide life-long immunity, but rather would create some protection for a limited period of time, Fauci said.

“You can have everything you think that’s in place and you don’t induce the kind of immune response that turns out to be protective and durably protective,” Fauci said of a vaccine. “So one of the big unknowns is, will it be effective? Given the way the body responds to viruses of this type, I’m cautiously optimistic that we will, with one of the candidates, get an efficacy signal.”

Even without a vaccine, Gottlieb said there’s a chance the virus could stop spreading efficiently in the U.S. by January if enough people get it and develop antibodies, which scientists believe offer some protection against infection. However, Fauci and other scientists have stressed that researchers do not fully understand the role of antibodies in this virus.

The relationship between antibodies and immunity is one of the many questions researchers are now seeking to answer about the coronavirus, which emerged just seven months ago. Whether the presence of certain kinds of antibodies equates to immunity against infection and how long that immunity might last are two key questions that remain unanswered.

A study published last month in Nature Medicine found coronavirus antibodies might last only two to three months after a person becomes infected. Researchers examined 37 asymptomatic people, those who never developed symptoms, in the Wanzhou District of China. They compared their antibody response to that of 37 people with symptoms.

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Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic

The high-level side event hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the UN Secretary-General, aims to build stronger political consensus for a coordinated global response to COVID-19 and champion the importance and urgency of equitable access to new tools, especially effective vaccines. It also seeks to catalyze a step-change in support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the most promising solution for global equitable access to the tools needed to accelerate the end of the pandemic.
The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is a groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

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Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic: Bill Gates on Vaccine

Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, delivers a video message at the high-level side event Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.This event hosted by The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the UN Secretary-General aims to build stronger political consensus for a coordinated global response to COVID-19 and champion the importance and urgency of equitable access to new tools, especially effective vaccines. It also seeks to catalyze a step-change in support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the most promising solution for global equitable access to the tools needed to accelerate the end of the pandemic.

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When Will Coronavirus Pandemic End? Answers AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria | Healthgiri Awards

During the Healthgiri Awards 2020, India Today honoured the Covid-19 warriors who have risked their lives to fight the pandemic. Healthgiri Awards 2020 is the reincarnated version of India Today Safaigiri Awards, held annually on Gandhi Jayanti.

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Philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates offers insights into the COVID-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 24, 2020)

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How Can We End the Pandemic?

Nov.19 -- Dr. Jonathan Quick, The Rockefeller Foundation managing director, says individuals need to make short-term sacrifices to help end the Covid pandemic. He speaks on Bloomberg Surveillance.

End the pandemic. Vaccines work.

Each of us has an important role to play in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible and able to do so. Once you are vaccinated, help stop the spread of infection to others by washing your hands, keeping your distance, and following local mask guidelines.

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