Will we finally see the end of the tunnel? The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says the world has never been in a better position to end the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of several million people since late 2019.
“Last week, the number of weekly deaths from Covid-19 fell to a minimum since March 2020. We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic”Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference on Wednesday 14 September in Geneva.
However, he warned:
“We are not there yet, but the end is near. Those who run a marathon don’t stop when he sees the finish line. He runs faster, with all the energy he has left. And also in the United States. “
“We can all see the finish line, we are about to win but it would really be the worst time to stop racing. If we don’t take this opportunity, we run the risk of having more variations, more deaths, more interruptions and more uncertainty. “
600 million officially confirmed cases
According to the latest epidemiological report on Covid-19 published by the WHO, the number of cases decreased by 12% during the week from 29 August to 4 September compared to the previous week, with about 4.2 million new infections declared. The number of infections is undoubtedly much higher, in particular because mild cases are not necessarily declared but also because many countries have more or less dismantled their testing capabilities.
As of 4 September, the WHO had over 600 million officially confirmed cases, once again a number undoubtedly much lower than reality, as well as that of officially listed deaths (6.4 million). A study by the organization based on projections and assessments published in May reported 13 to nearly 17 million additional deaths from Covid by the end of 2021.
At the same time as D.r Tedros launched his message of hope, WHO has published six guides for member states to enable them to quickly leave behind this health crisis that has cost even trillions of euros in terms of growth, paralyzed for entire sectors of the economy global for many months and exposed inequalities around the world, particularly in terms of vaccination.
Rich countries have monopolized the available doses and in many poor countries vaccination rates are still insufficient.
These recommendations “they are an urgent call for governments to seriously consider their policies, to strengthen them against Covid-19 and future pathogens that could potentially cause a pandemic”recalled the secretary general of the United Nations organization.
Among these recommendations, the messages that the WHO has been repeating for almost two years and the arrival of vaccines: vaccinate 100% of vulnerable people and health personnel, continue tests and gene sequencing programs, which in particular make it possible to monitor the trace of new potentially dangerous variants.
“We can end this pandemic together, but only if countries, businesses, communities and individuals step up and seize the opportunity”hammered the head of the WHO.