The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is still no evidence that people who test positive for the new coronavirus and recover are immunized and protected against reinfection.
The warning came as some governments study measures such as “immunity passports” or documents for those who have recovered as one way to get people back to work after weeks of economic shutdown.
“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from #COVID19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” WHO said in a statement.
“People who assume that they are immune to a second infection because they have received a positive test result may ignore public health advice,” it said.
In the meantime, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked for international organizations, world leaders, and the private sector to join the effort to speed up the development and distribution of a vaccine.
Any vaccine should be safe, affordable, and available to all, Guterres said at a virtual meeting, which was attended by the leaders of Germany and France.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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