Covid-19 update: WHO adamant that vaccine won't mean end of pandemic

Covid-19 update: WHO adamant that vaccine won't mean end of pandemic

The WHO has issued a warning as the world races to finalise Covid-19 vaccines. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic.

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The World Health Organization has warned that Covid-19 vaccines won't be a 'magic bullet'.

This comes as the world's best experts all work to provide a tangible solution to the pandemic.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the coronavirus below:

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1. WHO says Covid-19 vaccine isn't 'magic bullet'

The World Health Organization warns that vaccines won't be a magical remedy to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

This warning comes as the United States recorded unprecedented infections and braces for a 'dark winter' over the festive period.

With Christmas looming, concerns are mounting that social events will prompt a spike in infections with US President-Elect Joe Biden calling for mask use indoors.

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With multiple nations preparing for the approval and rollout of numerous vaccines the WHO warned against complacency.

The WHO is unconvinced that a vaccine won't mean the Covid-19 crisis is over with emergencies director Michael Ryan commenting that:

"Vaccines do not equal zero Covid. Vaccination will add a major, major, powerful tool to the tool kit that we have. But by themselves, they will not do the job."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on Covid-19 in the country.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Saturday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 810 449 with 4 645 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the infections, the Minister also reported the latest number of fatalities in SA:

"Regrettably, 104 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 65, Free State 3, Gauteng 7, Kwa-Zulu Natal 6, Mpumalanga 3 and Western Cape 20. This brings the total deaths to 22 067."

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says that South Africa has not missed the deadline to pay the R500 million needed to form part of the COVAX global vaccine distribution scheme.

This facility will give the nation early access to vaccines needed to protect healthcare workers on the front-line and the public from the virus.

The Minister recently told Parliament that the state had until December 15 to make to required payment, reports SowetanLIVE.

Mboweni slammed the reports as inaccurate, calling for the right information to be distributed:

“I think it's very important that when you're an adult person, you must first inform yourself of all the facts before you open your mouth."
"So we've not missed the deadline at all. Don't go around misleading people because you are misinformed. I don't know who misinformed you. Maybe it's honourable [John] Steenhuisen who misinformed you. I feel sorry for you."

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