Global number of COVID-19 cases tops 4.3 million, WHO is searching for panacea
The novel coronavirus affected the whole world and the global media. Almost everything that is published on the news is related to the COVID-19 in one way or another. Despite the lifting of lockdown restrictions in a number of countries, people are still concerned about the infection and mainly about when the COVID-19 vaccine or drug will be finally available. To date, more than a hundred pharmaceutical companies are working on developing the vaccine against coronavirus. Eight samples are already undergoing clinical trials. However, according to the World Health Organization, it is still early to talk about the exact time when the vaccine will be available. The WHO expects that the vaccine might be developed this year, but the mass production will start no earlier than in 2021.
Meanwhile, the WHO admits that a drug can also become a panacea for COVID-19. Several drugs are already being tested. However, the WHO doesn’t reveal how the medications are called. Experts don’t believe that these drugs will be able to stop the spread of the virus completely. Nevertheless, there is evidence that these medications can help in reducing the severity of the disease and its consequences.
According to the data from the Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at more than 4.339 million. The novel coronavirus killed nearly 300,000 people in the world. Currently, WHO considers the North and South Americas as the epicenter of the pandemic, but the number of infections is increasing in other continents as well. The United States remain the hardest-hit country in the world in terms of the total number of coronavirus cases and the death toll. The COVID-19 infected more than 1.408 million people there. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi called the novel coronavirus the biggest catastrophe in the nation’s history. She was talking not only about the people, who have been infected and died of the COVID-19, but also about the finances spent on the fight against the infection. 33 million Americans already filed for the Unemployment Insurance.
If the U.S. remains in the first place in terms of the COVID-19 cases for a long time, the second place isn’t that stable. Currently, Russia is the second worst-hit country in the world in terms of the total number of coronavirus cases. According to the recent data, the COVID-19 infected 232,000 people in the country. Previously it was reported that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin caught the illness. He is recovering now. Yesterday, May 12, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov announced at a press conference that he was diagnosed with coronavirus. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Russia is 2,116.
Spain confirmed nearly 228,000 cases of coronavirus – the third highest toll in the world. Next are the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Brazil, Germany, Turkey and Iran.