WHO chief warns against talk of pandemic ‘endgame’

WHO chief warns against talk of pandemic ‘endgame’

The head of the World Health Organization is warning that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge, saying it is dangerous to assume that Omicron is the last or that “we are in the endgame”, while the acute phase of the pandemic is yet to come. Maybe by the end of this year too – if some key targets are met.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Monday laid out a series of achievements and concerns in global health on issues such as tobacco use, resistance to antimicrobial treatments and the risks of climate change. But he added, “ending the acute phase of the pandemic should be our collective priority”.

“There are different scenarios for how the pandemic might play out and how the acute phase may end. But it is dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the final version or that we are in the endgame,” Tedros said this week. “In contrast, globally, conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge.” But he insisted that ” We can end COVID-19 as a global health emergency, and we can do it this year too,” while reaching goals such as the WHO, focusing on immunizing 70 percent of each country’s population by mid-year. and improving testing and sequencing rates to more closely track the virus and its emerging forms.

1,12,87,214 Number of new cases reported globally in the last 24 hours
35,18,31,176 Total number of cases worldwide
5,597,569 total number of deaths worldwide

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More sanctions in France

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