The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, says WHO boss | Coronavirus
World Health Organization Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus believes the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end.
The world has never been in also a good position to end the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed millions of people since the end of 2019, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
< p class="e-p">Last week, the number of weekly deaths from COVID-19 fell to the lowest since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during from a press briefing in Geneva.
He warned, however: We are not there yet, but the end is at hand.< /p>
Someone running a marathon doesn't stop when they see the finish line. He runs faster, with all the energy he has left. And so do we, stressed the head of the WHO.
“We can all see the finish line, we are on our way to winning, but it really would be the worst time to stop to run.
—Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director
If we don't take this opportunity, we run the risk of having more variants , more deaths, more disruptions and more uncertainty, underlines Dr. Tedros, calling for this opportunity to be seized.
According to the latest epidemiological report published by WHO and devoted to COVID-19, the number of cases fell by 12% during the week of August 29 to September 4 compared to the previous week, standing at some 4.2 million new reported infections.
The number of infections is undoubtedly much higher, in particular because mild cases are not necessarily declared, but also because very many countries have more or less dismantled their testing capacity.
As of September 4, the WHO counted more than 600 million officially confirmed cases – again a number probably much lower than the reality, as are the officially recorded deaths of 6.4 million people died.
A study by the organization based on projections and assessments published in May reported 13 to almost 17 million additional deaths from COVID by the end of 2021.
As Dr Tedros launched his message of hope, WHO published six guides for Member States to enable them to quickly put behind them this health crisis which has also cost trillions euros in terms of growth, paralyzed entire sections of the world economy for many months and laid bare inequalities in the world, particularly in terms of vaccination.
Rich countries have taken the available doses, and in many poor countries vaccination rates are still insufficient.
These recommendations are an urgent call for governments to take a serious look at their policies, to strengthen them against COVID-19 and future pathogens that could have the potential to cause a pandemic, underlined the head of the UN organization.
Among these recommendations, messages that the WHO has been repeating for almost two years and the arrival of vaccines: vaccinate 100% of vulnerable people and health personnel, continue testing and gene sequencing programs, which in particular allows to track potentially dangerous new variants. We can end this pandemic together, but only if countries, businesses, communities and individuals step up and seize the opportunity, Dr Tedros said.