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Virus will ‘continue to wreak havoc’ expert warns

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An expert from the World Health Organisation says people are the only key to eradicating the coronavirus, and she fears the worst is yet to come.

An expert from the World Health Organisation says people are the only key to eradicating the coronavirus, and she fears the worst is yet to come.

Dr Margaret Harris told Today while a vaccine is on the way, if not everyone gets it, then the virus will continue to claim lives.

"We may have a great vaccine, but will everybody take it up? Will it be delivered to all the people that it needs to be delivered to?" Dr Harris said.

"Will it be delivered to every country? Our job is to make that happen. It's every individual on this planet's job to understand why, when we've got a vaccine it should be used."

She also warned that cases are rising in regions with weaker health systems and lower numbers of frontline workers and personal protective equipment.

"It's a virus that clearly has learnt to live among us and wreak havoc," Dr Harris told Today.

"It's only really beginning in Africa and in South America and other parts of the world. We're seeing a rising outbreak in South East Asia particularly in India and Pakistan.

"There's never enough you can do. There's much, much more that needs to be done."

The WHO said without a vaccine, it could take years for the global population to build up sufficient levels of immunity.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-world-health-organisation-margaret-harris-warning-on-today/4a0b1321-5eaf-4cad-bf12-d65cf8cd7878

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