Geneva, August 22
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), stated the continuing international coronavirus pandemic might be over inside two years.
Addressing a digital press briefing from Geneva on Friday, the WHO chief stated the Spanish flu of 1918 had additionally taken two years to beat however the present advances in know-how may allow the world to halt the COVID-19 pandemic “in a shorter time”, the BBC reported.
“Of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading,” he stated.
“But at the same time, we have also the technology and the knowledge to stop it,” he stated, stressing the significance of “national unity, global solidarity”.
During the briefing, Tedros additionally responded to a query about corruption linked to non-public protecting gear (PPE), which he described as “criminal”.
“Any type of corruption is unacceptable,” he stated.
“However, corruption related to PPE… for me it’s actually murder. Because if health workers work without PPE, we’re risking their lives. And that also risks the lives of the people they serve,” the BBC quoted the Director-General as saying.
Tedros additionally stated the pandemic has given new impetus to the necessity to speed up efforts to answer local weather change, Xinhua information company.
“Throughout history, outbreaks and pandemics have changed economies and societies, this one will be no different,” he stated, noting that the worldwide well being criris “has given us a glimpse of our world as it could be: cleaner skies and rivers… Building back better means building back greener”.
In May, the WHO printed its manifesto for a wholesome restoration from COVID-19, with six coverage prescriptions for a wholesome and inexperienced restoration — defending nature, investing in water and sanitation, selling wholesome meals programs, transitioning to renewable power, constructing habitable cities, and stopping subsidies on fossil fuels.
Since then, over 40 million well being professionals from 90 international locations have despatched a letter to G20 leaders, calling for a wholesome restoration from the pandemic.
The WHO chief reiterated that “COVID-19 is a once-in-a-century health crisis. But it also gives us a once-in-a-century opportunity to shape the world our children will inherit — the world we want”.
As of Saturday, the general variety of international coronavirus circumstances stood at 22,864,873, whereas the fatalities rose to 7,97,787. IANS