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Former WHO Director Believes COVID-19 May “Burn Out Naturally”

Mark Andrew




  • Former World Health Organization director of Cancer Program Professor Karol Sikora has said that the coronavirus may soon “burn out” before a vaccine is ever developed.
  • His tweet has attracted mixed reactions but he still continues to point out it is a “feasible scenario.”

With many countries currently racing to create a vaccine against the coronavirus, a health expert who previously served as a director for the World Health Organization (WHO) says it might not be necessary after all.

The former chief of WHO’s Cancer Program, Professor Karol Sikora believes there is a possibility that the coronavirus may “burn out naturally.” Not surprisingly, his tweet has since made headlines and has gained mixed reactions.

The coronavirus could “peter out by itself,” according to Professor Karol Sikora.

Now Rutherford Health’s chief medical office and a leading oncologist, Prof. Sikora wrote on Twitter:

“There is a real chance that the virus will burn out naturally before any vaccine is developed. We are seeing a roughly similar pattern everywhere – I suspect we have more immunity than estimated. We need to keep slowing the virus, but it could be petering out by itself.”

Several countries are now working on creating and finalizing coronavirus vaccines.

While others since have praised the British physician’s “optimistic” take on the pandemic, others have started questioning – even bashing – him for “giving people false hope.”

He later defended his claims, saying:

“It is my opinion that this is a feasible scenario. Nobody is claiming to know what will happen for sure – I believe in an unknown situation this is a possibility.

“We need to continue to keep our distance and hope the numbers continue to improve.”

You can watch This Morning’s interview with Prof. Sikora here:

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organizaton has said that Covid-19 vaccines must be recognized as “global public health goods.”

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