The president of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged governments to continue their efforts against the virus that has killed over six million people on Wednesday, saying that the world has never been in a better position to stop the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have not arrived yet. But the end is in sight,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, told reporters during a virtual press conference.
Since the UN agency started referring to Covid-19 as a pandemic and proclaimed the virus an international emergency in March 2020, this was the UN agency’s most upbeat statement.
The virus, which first appeared in China in late 2019, has ravaged the world’s economies and overwhelmed healthcare systems. It has killed close to 6.5 million people and infected 606 million.
The introduction of vaccines and treatments has assisted in reducing the severity of disease. According to the U.N. organization, Covid-19 deaths last week were at their lowest level since March 2020.
However, Tedros added that in order to prepare for Covid-19 and future viruses, nations must carefully examine their policies and enhance them.
Additionally, he advised nations to vaccinate all of their high-risk populations and continue conducting virus tests.
The WHO urged nations to maintain adequate supply of medical materials and healthcare personnel in case there are additional waves of the virus.
According to senior epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove of the WHO, “we anticipate there may be additional waves of infections, possibly at different times throughout the world, caused by different subvariants of Omicron or even alternative variants of concern.”
Even if incidences of monkeypox were declining, Tedros advised nations to continue their efforts.
Last month, WHO representatives claimed that by increasing immunization and testing, the monkeypox outbreak in Europe might be contained.
“Like with Covid-19, now is not the time to let our guard down or to let loose.”