Critical development in the coronavirus epidemic. The World Health Organization gave good news for the end of the epidemic. Here are 3 possibilities in the coronavirus epidemic

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Critical development in the coronavirus epidemic.  The World Health Organization gave good news for the end of the epidemic.  Here are 3 possibilities in the coronavirus epidemic

Speaking at the press conference at the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva headquarters, Ghebreyesus shared the details of the WHO’s plan to end the global emergency of Covid-19 in 2022, and evaluated the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and Ethiopia.

Emphasizing that the “Strategic Preparedness and Combat Plan to End the Covid-19 Global Emergency in 2022” is applicable to the world, Ghebreyesus said, “Covid-19 may end this year and this should be the last for us.” used the phrase.

3 SCENARIOS ON THE FUTURE OF THE VIRUS

According to the news in Euronews, Ghebreyesus stated that there are 3 scenarios for the evolution of the virus, “In the best scenario, we will see few variants that will not require booster doses from now on. In the second scenario, we can see that the virus continues to evolve, but the rate of severe disease has decreased thanks to vaccinations. In the worst case scenario, we can see that more severe and contagious variants of the virus emerge after that, and that no vaccine works against this new threat.”

Ghebreyesus emphasized that in order to realize the WHO’s plan in the light of the aforementioned scenarios, each country should attach importance to virus tracking, vaccination, a health system resistant to Covid-19, equal access to anti-virus tools and global cooperation.

Underlining that the epidemic can be easily brought under control by using the means of combating Covid-19 well, Ghebreyesus said, “We can save many lives by providing fair access to vaccines and treatment.” used the phrase.

83 PERCENT OF AFRICA HAS NOT BEEN VACCINED YET

In this context, Ghebreyesus reminded that the target of vaccination of 70 percent of the population of each country by the middle of 2022 is of critical importance and said, “While developed and developing countries mostly achieved this target, many countries, especially African countries, fell behind this target. 83 percent of the African population has not yet received a single dose of vaccine. This is unacceptable to me.” made a statement.

Regarding the Russia-Ukraine war, Ghebreyesus said that WHO continues to provide medical aid to the regions damaged by Russia’s attacks in Ukraine and that 160 tons of medical equipment has been distributed to the regions where the health system is affected in the country, especially the besieged city of Mariupol, since 24 February. shared his knowledge.

ATTACKS ON HEALTH CENTERS IN UKRAINE

Ghebreyesus stated that Russia has carried out 82 attacks on health centers in Ukraine so far, 72 people lost their lives and 43 others were injured in these attacks.

Emphasizing that he welcomed the ceasefire announced last week for the distribution of humanitarian aid to the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where separatist rebellions took place, Ghebreyesus said, “We hope that this ceasefire will ensure the re-establishment of infrastructures such as health services, electricity and communication in the region.” said.

Ghebreyesus underlined that no food aid has reached the region since December 2021 despite the declaration of a ceasefire, and said, “Every hour is precious in an environment where people are starving. The siege of 6 million civilians by security forces in Tigray has been one of the longest in modern history.” used the phrase.

The WHO Director-General also called on the international community for assistance, reminding that the organization needs US$2.7 billion in funding to continue its assistance in humanitarian emergencies such as Ukraine, Afghanistan and Ethiopia, and to continue its support in the fight against Covid-19.

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