World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Situations Program Director Mike Ryan stated that it is unrealistic to expect the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) outbreak to end by the end of the year.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, held a press conference at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, using video conferencing.
Ghebreyesus pointed out that global Covid-19 cases increased for the first time last week after a 7-week decline.
Stating that the increase of cases took place in America, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean, Ghebreyesus emphasized that this situation was disappointing for them, but they were not surprised by the increase.
Ghebreyesus called on countries to “not relax Covid-19 measures”.
Stating that vaccination studies have started for the first time in Ghana and Ivory Coast within the scope of WHO’s vaccination program COVAX, Ghebreyesus stated that they will supply 237 million doses of vaccine to 142 COVAX member countries from today to the end of May.
WARNING THE VIRUS MAY “SPLASH” AGAIN
Answering the AA reporter’s question about the course of the epidemic, WHO Emergency Program Director Mike Ryan said, “It is too early and unrealistic to expect the end of the epidemic at the end of 2021.” said.
Emphasizing that the global fight against the epidemic was better until 10 weeks ago when vaccination applications began, Ryan warned that it was too early to say that the virus was started to be brought under control.
Stating that WHO focuses on preventing the spread of the virus, Ryan said, “The issue is that we control the virus, but now the control is too much of the virus.”
Maria Van Kerkhove, the leader of WHO’s fight against Covid-19, stated that it is not possible for them to predict when the epidemic will end.
Kerkhove warned that all known precautions against the epidemic must be followed, otherwise the virus will “jump” again.