COVID-19 vaccine will take at least one year - Dr. Jasinghe | Daily News


COVID-19 vaccine will take at least one year - Dr. Jasinghe

No new antibiotic has been developed in the world during the past 10 years and it will take at least one year to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.

According to Dr. Jasinghe only 311 COVID-19 patients have been found from the community in Sri Lanka. The others are imported cases and from the Navy cluster. Over 800 COVID-19 patients had been cured and sent home so far. The curing rate in Sri Lanka is higher than in other countries in the world which helps to manage the COVID-19 patients' capacity.

Dr. Jasinghe pointed out that the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance Number Three of 1897 is an eternal (timeless) law that can be used at any time. One day a drug of choice will have to be developed in order to end COVID-19. Otherwise, a vaccine should be developed. "Otherwise, we will have to change our lifestyle accordingly and live with it," he said.

"Fortunately, Sri Lanka did not require changing the approach from 'defensive' to 'offensive' because COVID-19 did not reach the social transmission stage in Sri Lanka.

Therefore, Sri Lanka depended on the defensive approach while other countries in the world had to stick to an offensive approach and do PCR Testing everywhere in the country all the time," Dr. Jasinghe  added.      

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