World Health Organization says it's 'unrealistic' to think Covid-19 pandemic will end soon

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 3, 2021

In the World Health Organization's epidemiological report last week, the United Nations agency said new infections had fallen worldwide for the sixth consecutive week - the first time such a sustained drop had been seen since the pandemic began. "And right now the virus is very much in control".

Ryan said that vaccinating frontline health care workers and those most vulnerable to severe disease would "take the fear... out of the pandemic".

The world's singular focus right now should be on efforts to keep coronavirus transmission as low as possible, said Dr. Michael Ryan, director of WHO's emergencies program.

"If we're smart, we can finish with the hospitalisations and the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic" by the end of the year, he said at media briefing.

"We still face a huge challenge in rolling out vaccines equitably and fairly to those who most need them around the world", Ryan said".

Coronavirus cases have risen globally for the first time in seven weeks, bucking an unprecedented trend which had raised hopes the pandemic was finally abating.

"It's encouraging to see health workers in lower-income countries starting to be vaccinated, but it's regrettable that this comes nearly three months after some of the wealthiest countries started their vaccination campaigns", he said.

Meanwhile, 256 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide - 74 of them in clinical trials - in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on February 26.

He welcomed the first injections of doses through the global Covax vaccine-sharing facility, which were administered Monday in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

He said the increase appears to be due partially to relaxing of public health measures and continued circulation of variants.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rise in cases was "disappointing but not surprising" and urged countries not to relax measures to fight the disease.

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