Humanity will be able to defeat the coronavirus infection in about two years. This opinion was expressed by the Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading. But at the same time, we have also the technology to stop it, and the knowledge to stop it,”Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Ghebreyesus noted that the Spanish flu pandemic that humanity faced in 1918 lasted two years, but WHO hopes to deal with COVID-19 faster. In turn, the head of the technical group of the WHO Emergency Diseases Unit, Maria Van Kerkhove, said that the organization has created a working group to determine the COVID-19 mutations.
In early August, the emergency committee of the World Health Organization confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a public health emergency of international concern and noted that it will continue for a long time.
The Committee expressed its “appreciation to WHO and partners for their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and noted the expected long duration of this pandemic, highlighting the importance of sustained community efforts as well as national, regional and global responses to the disease.” The committee also encouraged young people to play an active role in preventing the spread of the disease.
Terms of vaccination
People will not begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine until the first half of 2021, Michael Ryan, WHO’s director of health emergencies, said in late July.
Despite the progress in development, Ryan said, it is necessary to remain realistic about the timing of the drug. He also noted that WHO is working to ensure universal access to the vaccine.
“The vaccines for this pandemic are not for the rich, not for the poor, they are for everyone,”Michael Ryan.