Published: 2022-01-24 14:01
Last Updated: 2022-05-17 09:32
One person dies from COVID-19 every 12 seconds, said the World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. However, he stressed that the planet has a chance to end the global health emergency in 2022, according to AFP.
“If countries use all of these strategies and tools in a comprehensive way, we can end the acute phase of the pandemic this year – we can end COVID-19 as a global health emergency and we can do it this year,” Ghebreyesus said.
He added: “On average last week, 100 cases were reported every three seconds, and somebody lost their life to Covid-19 every 12 seconds. Since Omicron was first identified just nine weeks ago, more than 80 million cases have been reported to WHO - more than were reported in the whole of 2020.”
“It is dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant, or that we are in the endgame. On the contrary, globally the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge.”
“Learning to live with Covid cannot mean that we give this virus a free ride. It cannot mean that we accept almost 50 thousand deaths a week, from a preventable and treatable disease,” he stressed.
WHO chief ended by saying that “vaccines alone are not the golden ticket out of this pandemic. But there is no path out unless we achieve our shared target of vaccinating 70% of the population of every country by the middle of this year.”