WHO: 2022 could be the year the pandemic ends. Under certain conditions … – Coronavirus

WHO: 2022 could be the year the pandemic ends. Under certain conditions … – Coronavirus
WHO: 2022 could be the year the pandemic ends. Under certain conditions … – Coronavirus

Representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) say the pandemic could end in 2022 if global vaccination rates continue to rise, with more than 8 billion vaccine doses being administered globally. This number represents the first dose, the second as well as the third, says the WHO, quoted by ABC7. The institution also added that inequality in vaccination rates in some parts of the world has allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to last longer than it should.

A few days ago, another WHO official stated that once the acute phase of the current pandemic is over, the coronavirus will not disappear completely. “The acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic could end next year, but the coronavirus will not be completely eradicated,” said Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s (World Health Organization) Emergency Program, told Reuters on Wednesday.

Mike Ryan, an Irish epidemiologist, also noted that it was too early to draw conclusions about the severity of the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus as long as it did not spread more widely among the elderly.

In fact, the symbolic threshold of one million infections per day with the new coronavirus was exceeded for the first time in the week of December 23-29, before the New Year festivities, again affected by the pandemic, reports AFP.

On average, 1,045,000 new daily cases of covid-19 were recorded during this period, an increase of 46% over the previous week, according to a balance sheet prepared by AFP based on the balance sheets reported by each country.

The previous record – of 817,000 cases of covid-19 per day – was set before the current wave, between April 23-29, 2021.

Against this “tsunami”, which puts pressure on health systems, many capitals and cities – from Paris to Mexico City, Athens or Barcelona – have decided to tighten the measures taken in recent days during the New Year holidays, with the aim of reduce the circulation of the new coronavirus.

Some have canceled planned festivities – many Brazilian cities, led by São Paulo, the largest metropolis in Latin America.

 
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