LONDON – WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that he hopes the world can end the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years, less than the time it took for the pandemic to stop. flu disease of 1918.
Tedros described Covid-19 as a "unique health crisis in a century" and added that although globalization has allowed the virus to spread faster than the flu did in 1918, now there is also technology to stop it that was not available a century ago.
"We hope to end this pandemic in less than two years, especially if we can join forces," he said.
For his part, the emergency chief of the WHO, Dr. Michael Ryan, pointed out that the 1918 pandemic hit the world in three waves, and that the second, which began in late 1918, was the most devastating.
"This virus does not exhibit a similar pattern of waves, "he said. "When the virus is not under control, it reappears." Ryan added that although pandemic viruses often enter a seasonal pattern, that did not appear to be the case with coronavirus.
There are currently more than 22 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and more than 795,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.