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COVID-19 may never go away: World Health Organization official

COVID-19 may never go away: World Health Organization official”

The executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, Dr. Mike Ryan has bad news for people around the world. Even if an effective vaccine is developed - and there's no certainty that it ever will be developed - it will still require a "massive effort" to bring the virus under control, he said.

Governments around the world are struggling with the question of how to reopen their economies while still containing the virus, which has infected nearly 4.3 million people and caused more than 291,000 deaths. "I'm not comparing the two diseases, but".

"But that vaccine will actually have to be available and to be highly effective, it will have to be made available to everyone", Ryan said, noting that scientists can come up with a vaccine. There is still so much to learn about the coronavirus, including whether those who get it become immune or resistant, and "the current number of people who've been infected is actually relatively low", Ryan said.

In a WHO briefing, the organization's head of emergencies programme, Dr Michael Ryan, said risks from COVID-19 remained high at "national, regional and global levels".

We have seen countries use public health measures. "WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged people to continue in the fight to stop the spread of the disease", The Daily Mail report added.

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Despite the risk that loosening restrictions could lead to infection spikes, European nations have been seeking to restart cross-border travel, particularly as the summer holiday season looms for countries whose economies rely on tourists flocking to their beaches, museums and historical sites.

While not offering a prediction on whether the coronavirus would become endemic, WHO epidemiologist Maria van Kerkhove agreed that it will take time for the world to deal with the virus' threat.

Ryan also expressed concern over the growing violent attacks on the healthcare workers.

The most affected African country, South Africa, for example, is reported to have good detection capabilities, but low numbers.

"This could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected person's ability to spread the virus through droplets or contact", the World Health Organization said. "These are senseless acts of violence and discrimination that must be resisted". Peacefmonline.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content.



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