Cuban scientists deliver a stern warning about prospects of COVID-19 pandemic
2022-03-24 01:29:20 / CMCH
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez held on Tuesday a new meeting with scientists and experts involved in science and technological innovation activities in the fight against the new coronavirus.
Cuba maintains control over the COVID-19 pandemic; however, forecasts state that it will continue; since the island is not and cannot be enclosed in a "bubble", and that it will continue to be exposed to what happens in the world.
During the meeting, Doctor of Science Pedro Más Bermejo, vice-president of the Cuban Society of Hygiene and Epidemiology, conveyed the consensus of the national scientific community to the country's leadership.
It was a stern warning on the global behavior of the pandemic.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Mas Bermejo argued that considering the pandemic as over lacks epidemiological rigor and that no one cannot talk of herd immunity because it will not determine the disappearance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
He also stated that current vaccines are not sterilizing. They protect against severity and death but not against contagion and warned that in countries experiencing a very low incidence for two years, the number of cases is "skyrocketing."
The expert stressed that the COVID-19 "zero" strategy has turned out to be a mirage, just as herd immunity was then, and warned that a scenario with more contagious variants and less effective vaccines is possible.
Given the current circumstances, the Doctor of Science affirmed that the Cuban population should maintain the use of face masks and other measures, as indicated by the country's leadership, according to the recommendations of the health authority.