The pandemics in the future could be more deadly than that of Covid-19 so the lesson that is learned from the outbreak should not be ignored and the world must be sure it is prepared for the coming viral onslaught, one of the creators of the vaccine AstraZeneca from Oxford stated.
Around 5.26 million people were killed when the coronavirus had hit severely, according to Johns Hopkins University, wiped out certainly trillions of dollars in economic output and changed life drastically for billions of people.
“The truth is, the next one could be worse. It could be more contagious, or more lethal, or both,” Sarah Gilbert stated in the Richard Dimbleby Lecture, reported by the BBC. “This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods.”
Gilbert who is a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford stated that the world must make sure it is nicely prepared for the upcoming virus.
“The advances we have made, and the knowledge we have gained, must not be lost,” she stated.
The efforts to bring an end to the Covid-19 pandemic have been fragmented and uneven, which is marked by limited access to vaccines in countries with low-income whereas “healthy and wealthy” are getting boosters in rich countries, stated by health experts.
A panel of health experts set up by the WHO to check the handling of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has called for full-time funding and even for a much greater ability to look into pandemics through a new treaty.
Gilbert stated that the Omicron strain’s spike protein had mutations that are known to raise the transmissibility of the virus.
“There are additional changes that may mean antibodies induced by the vaccines, or by infection with other variants, may be less effective at preventing infection with Omicron,” Gilbert stated.
“Until we know more, we should be cautious, and take steps to slow down the spread of this new variant.”