WHO insists the Covid-19 pandemic is ‘not over’
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), tedros ahanom Ghebreyesus warned that the Covid-19 pandemic “is not over”, although he acknowledged that “its end is already on the horizon”.
“We are in a much better situation than before, deaths are down and we are now registering 10 percent of the deaths that we were registering in January 2021. However, 10 thousand deaths a week they are still too many, especially when most of them could be avoided”, lamented the general director of the WHO.
That we can see the end does not mean that we have reached it.
In addition, Tedros highlighted that two thirds of the world’s population are vaccinated, including three-quarters of health workers and the elderly. “In most countries, the restrictions have ended and life is much like it was before the pandemic,” she noted.
However, he reiterated that the virus continues to spread and mutating, and there is a danger that more dangerous variants. “We have been going through a tunnel for two and a half years, we see the light, but it is still far away, and there are obstacles that can make us trip if we do not take precautions.”
The head of the WHO pointed out that “although we must have hope alive” of leaving the pandemic back, that point has not yet arrived.
One of the obstacles is the gaps in vaccination. “Only 19 percent of the population in low-income countries have at least one dose of the vaccine and access to life-saving treatment continues to practically not exist in these places”, he detailed.
For her part, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s leading epidemiologist, insisted that “the virus is here to stay“, but clarified that “you can already see the light at the end of the tunnel”.
When asked about what has to happen for the WHO to announce the end of the pandemic, she reiterated that “each country has a different situation” and that the objective of the WHO is “to put an end to the health emergency in all territories.
“Each country has had different access to the tools to deal with the pandemic and they are in another phase. We cannot forget that we live in an interconnected world, so we want to put an end to the health emergency in all countries”, declared the epidemiologist.