An official from the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus would not have disappeared by the end of the year. WHO also wants caregivers in all countries to start being vaccinated within 40 days.
On March 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed it unrealistic to think that humanity would be rid of Covid-19 by the end of 2021. Michael Ryan, director of emergency operations at WHO, has estimated that it would nevertheless be possible to reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths.
“It would be very premature and, I think, unrealistic to think that we will be done with this virus by the end of the year”, thus declared Michael Ryan to the press, before adding: “But I think that what we can be done with, if we are smart, are the hospitalizations, deaths and tragedy associated with this pandemic. ”
According to him, the WHO is focusing on keeping the transmission of the virus low, helping to prevent the appearance of variants and reducing the number of infected people.
And to specify that vaccinating the health personnel on the front line and the most vulnerable populations would make it possible to “remove the fear and the tragedy of the pandemic”.
WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for his part, wants the vaccination of health personnel to be started in each country during the first 100 days of the year: there are therefore 40 days left to achieve this goal.
On this subject, on March 1, he was delighted with the first injections of vaccines allowed by the Covax device in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire: “It is encouraging to see health personnel in low-income countries start to be vaccinated. , but it is unfortunate that this comes almost three months after some of the wealthier countries started their vaccination campaign. And it is unfortunate that some countries continue to prioritize immunization of younger, healthier adults at lower risk of illness in their own populations, instead of health workers and older people elsewhere. ”