The Head of the World Health Organization says he hopes the pandemic will be over in under two years.
Friday, August 21, addressing a virtual press briefing, the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Spanish flu of 1918 had also taken two years to overcome but the current advances in technology could enable the world to halt the COVID-19 pandemic “in a shorter time.”
“Of course with more connectedness, the virus has a better chance of spreading,” he said.
“But at the same time, we also have the technology to stop it, and the knowledge to stop it,” he noted, stressing the importance of “national unity, global solidarity.”
The coronavirus pandemic has so far killed 800,000 people. Nearly 23 million infections have been recorded but the number of people who have actually had the virus is thought to be much higher due to inadequate testing and asymptomatic cases.
A member of the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, Professor Sir Mark Walport said that COVID-19 was “going to be with us forever in some form or another.”
“So, a bit like the flu, people will need re-vaccination at regular intervals,” he added.