By:Nadeemy Haded

A prominent scientist at the World Health Organization has warned that the world may need a period of time between 4 and 5 years in order to control the Corona epidemic.

The leading Indian scientist with the organization Sumaya Swaminathan said that the decisive factors for the long-term defeat of "Covid 19" include the evolution of the virus and preventive measures, and most importantly the development of a vaccine.

And Swaminathan, a pediatrician, considered that "the vaccine now seems the best way" to get out of the crisis, but pointed to the existence of obstacles related to its effectiveness and safety, in her comments to the British newspaper "Financial Times".

And I continued, "I say that within 4 or 5 years we can control this epidemic."

Another WHO official said earlier that the virus could become endemic, such as the HIV virus that causes AIDS, doubting any attempt to predict when it will continue to spread.

Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Emergency Program, said in an online press briefing: "It is important to put forward these words: This virus may just become another virus that is endemic in our societies. This virus may never disappear."

He added: "I think it is necessary to be realistic, and I do not imagine that anyone can predict when this disease will disappear. I see that there are no promises in this regard and there are no dates. This disease may settle to become a long-term problem, and it may not be so."

However, Ryan said the world had achieved some control over how it dealt with the disease, but it would take "tremendous efforts" even if a vaccine was reached, which he described as "a major achievement."

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed, many of them in clinical trials, but experts have confirmed the difficulty of finding effective vaccines against the emerging corona virus.

Ryan noted that there are vaccines for other diseases, such as measles, and yet they have not been completely eradicated

Governments around the world are fighting over how to reopen their economies while continuing to contain the virus, which has infected nearly 4.3 million people, according to Reuters statistics, and has killed nearly 300,000.

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