‘Untimely, unrealistic’ to suppose COVID-19 pandemic will finish this yr: WHO

‘Untimely, unrealistic’ to suppose COVID-19 pandemic will finish this yr: WHO

Hospitalisations and deaths could be considerably lowered if the vaccine rollout is profitable , stated Michael Ryan, director of WHO’s emergencies program

'Premature, unrealistic' to think COVID-19 pandemic will end this year: WHO

A visualisation of the COVID-19 virus. Picture courtesy Fusion Medical Animation

Geneva: A senior World Well being Group official stated Monday it was untimely and unrealistic to suppose the pandemic could be stopped by the top of the yr, however that the current arrival of efficient vaccines might no less than assist dramatically cut back hospitalisations and dying.

The world’s singular focus proper now ought to be to maintain transmission of COVID-19 as little as attainable, stated Dr Michael Ryan, director of WHO’s emergencies program.

If we’re good, we are able to end with the hospitalisations and the deaths and the tragedy related to this pandemic by the top of the yr, he stated at media briefing.

Ryan stated WHO was reassured by rising information that most of the licensed vaccines look like serving to curb the virus’ explosive unfold.

“If the vaccines start to impression not solely on dying and never solely on hospitalisation, however have a big impression on transmission dynamics and transmission danger, then I consider we are going to speed up towards controlling this pandemic,” he stated.

However he additionally warned in opposition to complacency, saying that nothing was assured in an evolving epidemic, including, “Proper now the virus may be very a lot in management.”

WHO’s director-general, in the meantime, stated it was regrettable that youthful and more healthy adults in some wealthy nations are being vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus earlier than at-risk well being staff in growing nations.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated immunisations offered by the UN-backed effort COVAX started this week in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, however lamented that this was occurring solely three months after nations reminiscent of Britain, the US and Canada started vaccinating their very own populations.

Nations will not be in a race with one another, he stated. It is a widespread race in opposition to the virus. We’re not asking nations to place their very own individuals in danger. We’re asking all nations to be a part of a worldwide effort to suppress the virus in every single place.

However WHO stopped in need of criticising nations who’re shifting to vaccinate youthful and more healthy populations as an alternative of donating their doses to nations that have not but been in a position to defend their most susceptible individuals.

We won’t inform particular person nations what to do, stated Dr Bruce Aylward, a senior WHO adviser.

Tedros additionally famous that for the primary time in seven weeks, the variety of COVID-19 circumstances elevated final week, after six consecutive weeks of declining numbers. He described the rise as disappointing, however stated it wasn’t stunning.

Tedros stated WHO was working to raised perceive why circumstances elevated, however that a part of that spike seemed to be as a result of stress-free of public well being measures.

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