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WHO believes the pandemic will end in 2022


Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Technical Team Leader for Covid-19 Response, said that the world has enough tools to defeat Covid-19 in 2022.

Ms. Van Kerkhove, in the online Q&A program of the World Health Organization (WHO), on December 15, commented: “2022 could be the year Covid-19 ends. We now have enough tools. We can reduce the number of deaths from this disease.”

In October, WHO released a strategy to ensure vaccine coverage, achieving herd immunity in the next year. Accordingly, the organization will work with Covax and many partners around the world to vaccinate 40% of the population of all countries by the end of 2021, 70% of the population by mid-2022. WHO encourages countries to act. acting quickly to close the vaccine gap, and at the same time calling on manufacturers to make good on their distribution commitments, without further delay.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said: “Science has played a role by providing powerful tools, saving more lives more quickly than in any previous historic outbreak. this”.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove speaks at the WHO press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Reuters

According to WHO, to achieve the goal of universal immunization and end the pandemic next year, a three-step approach to vaccination campaigns is needed. In which, the elderly, health workers and people at high risk are vaccinated first. Next, it is necessary to vaccinate all adults and expand the campaign to children.

During a meeting on December 15, Mr. Tedros warned that Omicron could reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. Some manufacturers rushed to make new tests to match virus mutations. The WHO says Omicron is spreading at an “unprecedented” rate, but the vaccine still significantly reduces the risk of serious illness and death. Omicron has been recorded in 77 countries and is likely to be present in much of the world and should not be considered “mild”.

Thuc Linh (Follow AP, CNBC)

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