‘COVID-19 pandemic extreme, however not essentially massive one,’ WHO warns disaster could worsen
WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan burdened that whereas the coronavirus is ‘very transmissible, its present case fatality within reason low compared to different rising ailments’
Geneva: The novel coronavirus has had a devastating affect across the globe, however the World Well being Group warned Monday that worse pandemics may lie forward, urging the world to get “severe” about preparedness.
“It is a wakeup name,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan advised reporters at a briefing marking a yr for the reason that UN company first realized of the brand new virus spreading in China.
Since then, COVID-19 has killed almost 1.8 million folks all over the world, out of over 80 million contaminated.
“This pandemic has been very extreme,” Ryan acknowledged.
“It has unfold all over the world extraordinarily shortly and it has affected each nook of this planet, however this isn’t essentially the large one.”
He burdened that whereas the virus is “very transmissible, and it kills folks… its present case fatality (price) within reason low compared to different rising ailments.”
“We have to prepare for one thing that will even be extra extreme sooner or later.”
WHO senior advisor Bruce Aylward additionally cautioned that whereas the world had made big scientific progress to handle the coronavirus disaster, together with growing vaccines at document velocity, it remained removed from ready to chase away future pandemics.
“We’re into second and third waves of this virus and we’re nonetheless not ready to cope with and handle these,” he advised the briefing.
“So whereas we’re higher ready… we’re not totally ready for this one, not to mention the subsequent one.”
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the meantime voiced hope that the COVID-19 pandemic had helped the world change into extra ready to sort out future threats.
“When it comes to consciousness, I feel we are actually getting it,” he mentioned. However he burdened that it was “time now to be actually severe. Extra ambition shall be vital.”
However Tedros additionally hailed how scientists all over the world have been working carefully collectively to assist deliver the pandemic to an finish.
He particularly talked about the 2 new strains of the virus which have emerged in Britain and South Africa, which seem like extra infectious that earlier strains.
“We’re working with scientists within the UK and South Africa who’re finishing up epidemiologic and laboratory research, which is able to information subsequent steps,” he mentioned.
He hailed the 2 international locations for testing and monitoring the brand new variants.
And with greater than 50 international locations now imposing journey restrictions on Britain, he additionally warned in opposition to taking punishing measures in opposition to international locations that transparently share such outcomes.
“Provided that international locations are wanting and testing successfully will you be capable of choose up variants and modify methods to manage,” he mentioned.
“We should be sure that international locations should not punished for transparently sharing new scientific findings.”
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