By Betheena Unite
Unless the country implements proper-counter-measures, the serious threats to life and safety posed by the COVID-19 outbreak may persist and linger until January 2021.
This was the warning given by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during the Laging Handa press briefing on Monday, as she cited authoritative scientific studies.
“(Ayon sa) ating scientists at mathematicians nagkaroon po tayo ng tatlong modeling estimates na kung saan ang timeline range hanggang third quarter of the year and maybe (in the) worst case scenario, ay (hanggang) next year po ng January (Our estimate based on the studies and modeling estimates conducted by our scientists and mathematicians: the timeline ranges until third quarter of the year and maybe, (in the) worst case scenario. until January next year),” Vergeire said.
“But these are all estimations at ito’y mangyayari kung wala tayong gagawing interventions (But these are all estimations and it would happen if we don’t implement proper interventions),” the health official added.
While vaccines being developed in other countries could help to end the global health crisis, she said it would take six to 12 months before a vaccine becomes available in the market.
Meantime, the country needs to diligently practice the non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent further transmission.
“The vaccines would take about maybe six to 12 months. or maybe, one year to one and a half years before they become available. That is why we are implementing measures that have been working in other countries like social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, and frequent washing of hands. These are non-pharmaceutical interventions that must be done to prevent transmission,” Vergeire said.