The World Health Organization sets a time period during which it hopes the pandemic will end


The head of the World Health Organization said, Friday, that the world must be able to curb the emerging Corona virus epidemic faster than the two years it took to tame the 1918 flu pandemic.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, “We have the defect of globalization, convergence and connectivity, but we have a better advantage, which is technology, so we hope to end this epidemic less than two years ago.”

He said, “By using the available tools to the fullest extent and hoping that we will be able to obtain additional tools such as vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu.”

Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist at WHO, said that more research is needed on the impact of the mutation on the Corona virus.

“We have formed a special team to monitor mutations … and we are studying how we can better understand the process of transformation and its impact,” she said during a briefing in Geneva.

More than 22.78 million people have been infected with the emerging coronavirus worldwide, while the disease has claimed the lives of 792,837 people so far.

These numbers only reflect part of the actual number of injuries, as several countries do not conduct tests except for the most serious cases, while other countries give priority to conducting tests to track contacts of the injured, in addition to the limited testing capabilities of a number of poor countries.


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