Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

Geneva (EFE).- With weekly deaths now ten times lower than at the peak of the epidemic (January 2021) and two-thirds of the world’s population vaccinated, the world is “better positioned than ever” to end the Covid pandemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today.

In a virtual press conference from New York, where he is attending the UN General Assembly, the head of the World Health Organization reiterated that “the end of the epidemic is in sight, but we have not yet reached it”.

“In many countries restrictions have been lifted, life is already the same as before the epidemic, but the current 10,000 deaths are still too many, and many of them could have been avoided,” said the Ethiopian expert.

Reason for optimism

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a file photograph. EFE/Fabrice Coffrini

On the other hand, Tedros emphasized that three quarters of the two large risk groups, the elderly and health workers, make up 66% of those vaccinated worldwide, another reason for optimism, although “there are still large gaps in vaccination in low- and middle-income countries.”

The coronavirus “continues to spread, mutate and the risk of emerging dangerous new variants continues,” he said.

“We spent two and a half years in a long and dark tunnel and we can already see a little light at the end of it, but there is still a long way to go and the tunnel is still long and full of obstacles,” said the CEO.

Tedros announced that tomorrow, Friday, in the context of the UN General Assembly, he will participate in a round table chaired by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

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