The public is in for a bumpy ride while a vaccine or a cure for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is being developed.
There are several possible outcomes.
Ideally it will lead to multiple vaccines being successful.
As of Aug. 1, 2020, there were 165 viable candidates, according to euronews.com.
In this scenario, the world won’t be held hostage by one manufacturer and one distributor and countries like the Philippines, with a population of more than 100 million, can pick the most affordable that it can administer to its population at minimal to no cost.
Either way, it’s an ending that everyone is hoping for.
However, things don’t always go as planned. The battle to end the current health crisis may end up with just one vaccine working.
The Philippines may find itself bankrupt trying to save its people or being forced to purchase what it can and then implement a lottery system that will subject the fate of its citizens to fate. Or it can sell the vaccine to the highest bidder.
Of course, those who have money or have influence will have a better chance of leading a long and normal life compared to the man or woman on the streets who eke a living.
Then there is always that possibility that none of the vaccines will work, which takes us back to where we started.
In the Philippines, it has been more than five months since the government imposed lockdowns and restricted people’s movements to contain the spread of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
That it has slowly eased restrictions in some major urban areas like Cebu City, which was once dubbed the country’s Covid-19 epicenter, may be due to a more practical reason, which is to ensure economic survival.
After all, what is the point of protecting people from falling prey to a potentially fatal disease if they are dying of starvation?
However, it can’t be denied that the number of Covid-19 recoveries in Cebu City and the rest of the island has outnumbered the cases reported each day. But that doesn’t mean a resurgence can’t happen.
In fact, that may well be the case, a neverending cycle of ups and downs, until a vaccine is available. So the public may as well fasten their seatbelts.