Medical professionals in Australia say the latest vaccine is not enough to stop the spread of a deadly virus that has killed at least 4,000 people.
The coronavirus outbreak in Australia is now believed to be the largest in the world, and experts say the world’s second largest economy could be in the crosshairs as it tries to contain the spread.
A coronavillosis vaccine could be an answer to the problem, but it’s not without risk.
In Australia, the first vaccine was approved in July, but the government has struggled to find manufacturers to deliver the vaccine on schedule.
The first vaccine is due to be made available for patients in October, but not for a longer period, according to health minister Scott Morrison.
He said he was confident the vaccine could still be produced, but warned it was critical for people to get it.
“The longer we wait to get the vaccine, the more vulnerable we become to it becoming more resistant to other drugs,” Morrison said.
The minister said there was still a need for an “effective, safe and cost-effective vaccine”.
“There are a lot of questions that remain unanswered in terms of the efficacy and the effectiveness of the vaccine itself,” he said.
“We’ll need to work with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that we’re getting that right.”
It’s not just the public health aspect of the problem but the economic side as well.”‘
I’ve been there’It’s unclear how many coronaviral deaths are expected in Australia after the second vaccine, but some doctors are already worried.
Dr David Wills of Sydney’s Royal Melbourne Hospital told ABC News he’s seen many patients with severe fever and cough.”
They’re very frightened and have a lot more questions than they do answers,” he told ABC Radio Sydney.
Dr Wills said it could take months for the virus to be contained.”
People are getting sick and they’re dying.
The question is, do we do something to make it a safer place, or is it too late?
“He said the second batch of vaccines needed to be “a lot more potent”.”
It seems to be getting stronger.
It’s getting worse and worse,” he added.
But Dr Wills also warned against waiting for the vaccines to be ready, saying people need to start planning now.”
I’ve got two young children and I’ve got to be able to see them in the hospital as soon as possible, because that’s the only way I can really help them,” he warned.