New DelhiThe world has never been in a better position to end the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, with nations slamming their efforts against the virus that has killed more than six million people. Requested to continue. “We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in a virtual press conference.
The remarks were the most optimistic from the UN agency since it declared COVID-19 an international emergency and began describing the virus as a pandemic in March 2020. The virus, which emerged in China in late 2019, has killed and infected about 6.5 million people. 606 million, the global economy and the overwhelming health system.
The rollout of vaccines and treatments has helped reduce the severity of the disease. The United Nations agency reported last week that deaths from COVID-19 were the lowest since March 2020. Still, countries need to keep a close eye on their policies and strengthen them for COVID-19 and future viruses, Tedros said. He also urged nations to vaccinate 100% of their high-risk groups and get tested for the virus.
The WHO warned of the possibility of future waves of the virus and said countries needed to maintain adequate supplies of medical equipment and health workers. Maria Van Kerkhove, senior epidemiologist at the WHO, said: “We expect there will be waves of infections in the future, potentially at different time points around the world with different subtypes of omicrons or even of concern. Because of different forms.”
Monkeypox cases were also decreasing but Tedros urged countries to continue fighting. WHO officials said last month that it was possible to end the monkeypox outbreak in Europe by stepping up vaccination and testing. “As is the case with COVID-19, this is not the time to relax or let our guard down.”