WHO announces when pandemic will end
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The end of the COVID-19 pandemic should be expected in 2023. This was announced on Monday, March 13, by the head of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, upon handing him Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal for contributions to public health.
He noted that the situation is improving and the weekly number of reported deaths from this infection is lower than at the beginning of 2020, when the World Organization first recognized what is happening as a pandemic.
At the same time, he noted that the pandemic should be a lesson for all mankind. And only by making three main conclusions, people will be able to withstand new similar challenges, which, according to Ghebreyesus, may occur in the near future.
In particular, he urged to remember the importance of public health. He also pointed out that a number of poorer countries coped better with the pandemic than rich countries, as they had a well-established public health system.
“For example, the simple art of contact tracing. Many rich countries have forgotten how to do this, and in the poorer parts of the world, “muscle memory” has been preserved; because of the experience in dealing with outbreaks of infections,” said the head of WHO.
He also pointed out the importance of science. And he stressed that thanks to the latest knowledge, humanity has managed to develop vaccines against the disease. He also noted that many countries have politicized such elementary issues as wearing masks, quarantine and vaccination, which, according to Ghebreyesus, goes against scientific knowledge.
Finally, he called on countries to cooperate and noted that many of the states were unwilling to join forces with others in confronting the virus.
“Instead of a coherent and coordinated global response, the pandemic has been marked by a chaotic mix of responses,” he stressed.
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