Published: 2020-11-21 10:54
Last Updated: 2020-11-21 12:58
The world will remain in a state of emergency for at least another year due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Jordanian cardiologist Wael Al-Husami Saturday. Facemasks will be part of our lives for at least two or three more years.
The number of cases and deaths will increase in the coming few months, especially during the winter season, he added. After this, the numbers will gradually decrease when a vaccine is approved and made available to most countries.
Husami shared his predictions on his personal Facebook page saying the FDA will give Pfizer an Emergency Use Authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine in the next few days. He also expects the first doses to be given during the first week of December. Other companies are also expected to produce vaccines, increasing the chances of students getting the vaccine before going back to school and university in September.
In his opinion, the biggest challenge for countries, regarding the Pfizer vaccine, will be the fact that it needs to be kept at a temperature of -70 degrees and must be given to patients within days after delivery, otherwise it will lose its effectiveness.
The world will only be able to see possible results in controlling the spread of coronavirus when the vaccine is given to more than 50 percent of the world’s population, said Husami.
"Discovering the success of the vaccine at an international level may take at least two years, and scientific studies will continue to test the effectiveness of vaccines," he added.
All kinds of vaccines must be produced, whether traditional or modern, because the technology used by both companies, Moderna and Pfizer, utilizes new technology which has not been used before. Therefore, traditional vaccines must be developed to be taken on as an alternative, if the modern vaccines fail.