This week Scientists in Washington D.C recorded a breakthrough in their search for a cure for Covid-19 after a vaccine on trial proved to have a 90 per cent effectiveness against the virus. German Companies BioNtech and Pfizer announced the good news after a vaccine on trial proved to reduce the spread of the corona virus.
“We are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis,”” Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla said in a statement. Since it began its trials the firm has worked with over 40,000 patients who provided a helpful insight into finding a cure for this virus.
Since its outbreak in 2019, the corona virus has led to a global pandemic as many fought to control the spread of the airborne virus that had no cure. The corona virus has gone on to claim millions of lives across the globe even leading to a global shutdown as the world struggled to understand this new plague and the dire implications it had on societies.
Although governments around the world continue to fight this deadly virus through implementation of regulations and standard operating procedures although the virus still continues to spread and reports show that cases recently soared as many governments eased up on the lockdowns and restrictions; allowing for normalcy to return and businesses to resume. This has led to a surge in the number of people coming into contact and inevitably leading to a higher spread of the virus.
As the country gears up for elections, a number of presidential aspirants continue to attract throngs of supporters despite sops and guidelines issued by the EC. The Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng warned Ugandans and Presidential aspirants against ignoring SOPs and regulations put in place to avoid the spread of the corona virus:
“This, in essence, signals tougher times ahead and thus, a much deeper need for compliance to the presidential directives, the ministry of health standard operating procedures, and statutory instruments in place for this public health threat,” said Aceng.
Despite the milestone achieved by scientists in the search for a cure, there is still a lot of work to be done before the vaccine is accessible to many. Experts estimate that Africa alone would need about $12billion before it could get a hold of the vaccine let alone the vetting process that would require a certain amount of time and study.
Governments around the world still urge their citizens to maintain preventative measures such as social distancing as journey towards a cure still looks long and bleak.