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We seem to be very much caught in the headlines that there is nothing we can do, it's inevitable that we will going to see these waves and it's inevitable that hospitals will fill up and inevitable that the graveyards are going to fill up, it's not inevitable, it can be stopped, but it's going to take yet another effort from communities that are exhausted.
I'm always very afraid in any process where the conclusions start looking for the evidence to support them, and we're dealing with a lot of that in the last few days around her, the difficulty, I think -- and I think we have to say this quite plainly -- all hypotheses are on the table, and it is definitely too early to come to a conclusion of exactly where this virus started either within or without China.
Let me also emphasize, if you are sick with a fever, with a cough and are sneezing, you should not be in public, you should be seeking the care of a medical professional and seeking a Covid-19 test, we need to be very, very, very careful that masks are not seen as an alternative to the other public health measures that are so desperately needed.
Many people are asking, 'Well why do we have to test the vaccines? Why don't we just make the vaccines and give them to people?' Well the world has learned many lessons in the mass use of vaccines and there's only one thing more dangerous than a bad virus, and that's a bad vaccine, we have to be very, very, very careful in developing any product that we're going to inject into potentially most of the world population. We have to be very, very, very careful that we first do no harm. So that's why people are being careful.
A lot of preliminary information coming to us right now would suggest quite a low percentage of population have seroconverted (to produce antibodies), the expectation that ... the majority in society may have developed antibodies, the general evidence is pointing against that, so it may not solve the problem of governments.
Many people are asking,' Well why do we have to test the vaccines ? Why don't we just make the vaccines and give them to people ?' Well the world has learned many lessons in the mass use of vaccines and there's only one thing more dangerous than a bad virus, and that's a bad vaccine, we have to be very, very, very careful in developing any product that we're going to inject into potentially most of the world population.
What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them, the danger right now with the lockdowns ... if we don't put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up.
But I also think the Iranian system is switching on. We are seeing a much more all-of-government approach...with a national action plan now, with 100,000 workers committed to this plan, it is much better that we understand the extent of the problem. So we commend the move towards more aggressive, targeted surveillance and we hope that will lead to the kind of control measures that will help push this virus back.
Look what's happened in China : We've seen a significant drop in cases, huge pressure placed on the virus and a sequential decrease in the number of cases ; that goes against the logic of pandemic. Yet we see in contrast of that, an acceleration of cases in places like South Korea, and therefore we are still in the balance.