WHO says Covid is ‘here to stay’ as virus eradication hopes dwindle

WHO says Covid is 'here to stay' as virus eradication hopes dwindle

Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency program, speaks during a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Global health officials said on Tuesday that COVID-19 is likely to be “here with us” as the virus mutates in unconnected countries around the world and lowers hopes of eradicating the virus.

Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said: “I think this virus is here to stay with us and it will evolve like the pandemic influenza virus it does. will become one of the other viruses that can kill us. affected. .

Officials from the World Health Agency have previously said vaccines do not guarantee the world will eliminate COVID-19 like other viruses have. Several leading health experts, including Dr.Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House and Stephen Bansell, CEO of COVID vaccine maker Moderna, have warned that the world will have to live with COVID forever, much like the flu .

“People said we were going to eliminate or eradicate the virus,” Ryan said. “No, we’re not, very, very unlikely.

WHO officials said if the world had taken early action to contain the spread of the virus, the situation today could have been very different.

“We were fortunate at the start of this pandemic,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical chief on COVID-19 on Tuesday. “This pandemic was not to be so serious. “

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