EXPERTS on the World Well being Group (WHO) have warned that the coronavirus pandemic will, in all probability, proceed into 2022.
Sligo-born Dr Michael Ryan, who’s government director of the WHO’s Well being Emergencies Programme, stated that he believes it is “untimely” and “unrealistic” to suppose that the disaster might finish this yr.
Talking throughout a press briefing on Tuesday, Dr Ryan stated the world’s singular focus proper now ought to be on retaining Covid-19 transmission ranges as little as attainable, however did be aware that the emergence and distribution of vaccines might see the pandemic introduced underneath management sooner relatively than later.
“If we’re good, we will end with hospitalisations and the deaths and the tragedy related to this pandemic by the tip of the yr,” stated Dr Ryan.
“If vaccines start to influence not solely on dying and never solely on hospitalisation, however have a big influence on transmission dynamic and transmission threat, then I imagine we’ll speed up towards controlling this pandemic.”
Nevertheless, he warned towards complacency, stressing that nothing was assured in an ever-evolving epidemic.
Final month, Dr Ryan urged Eire and different rich nations to ship spare vaccines to creating international locations who’ve little to no provide.
He argued that it wasn’t proper that younger and wholesome adults within the western world, with little to no threat of dying from Covid-19, ought to be vaccinated earlier than aged or high-risk people within the creating world.
WHO director normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus echoed Dr Ryan’s phrases, saying it was “regrettable” that such imbalance ought to happen.
“Nations aren’t in a race with one another,” he stated.
“It is a frequent race towards the virus. We’re not asking international locations to place their very own folks in danger. We’re asking all international locations to be a part of a worldwide effort to suppress the virus in every single place.”