The WHO director warned that the pandemic is not over yet

The director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Laurent Lambert/AFP/File (LAUREN LAMBERT/)

The CEO of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesussaid on Thursday that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic was in sight, but still a long way offqualifying the statements he made last week.

“We have spent two and a half years in a long dark tunnel, and We are just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”, Tedros said at a press conference in New York, where he is participating in the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

“But we are still far and the tunnel is still darkwith numerous obstacles that could bring us down if we are not vigilant,” he added.

These affirmations are less optimistic than those that the person in charge himself said last week, when he commented that the world “has never been in a better position to end the pandemic”.

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A man is tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a nucleic acid testing center, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Shanghai, China September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song (ALY SONG/)

According to Dr. Tedros, the number of deaths registered each week in the world continues to decline and it represents no more than 10% of what was the peak moment in January 2021. In most countries, restrictions are lifted and two-thirds of the world’s population are vaccinated.

“But 10,000 dead each week, that’s 10,000 too many,” he warned.

Tedros’ statements contradict those made recently by the president of the United States, Joe Bidenwho considers that the pandemic is “over”although he assured that his Government continues to work against the problems generated by the coronavirus.

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID and we are working hard on it. But the pandemic is over”, said the president in an interview with the program “60 Minutes” of the chain CBSissued last Sunday.

According to WHO online statistics, the covid-19 pandemic has caused more than 6.5 million deaths worldwide.

(With information from AFP)

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