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September 25, 2022

‘The End Is In Sight’: The World Might Have Stepped Into the Final Stretch of COVID-19 Pandemic, WHO Chief Announces

‘The End Is In Sight’: The World Might Have Stepped Into the Final Stretch of COVID-19 Pandemic, WHO Chief Announces  The Weather ChannelView Full Coverage on Google News

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After one of the deadliest and most tiresome times in modern humankind’s existence, a faint light might finally be shining at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel now. In a recent addressal, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) shared the good news that we might finally be entering a stage where normalcy can be snatched back from the clutches of the army of coronavirus variants.

The Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters at a virtual press conference that we might finally be in a position to end the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all. He assured: “We are not there yet. But the end is in sight.”

This is the first and extremely welcome piece of positive outlook we’ve seen from the agency in a while. After a gruelling trial that claimed an unfortunate 5.2 lakh lives from all sections of society in India alone, and over 60 lakhs worldwide, many are desperate to move from a false sense of normalcy to a real one.

The WHO declared COVID-19 as a public emergency just a few months after its emergence in late 2019 as it tore through public resources and completely overwhelmed public and private healthcare systems. The UN-led agency has been renewing the status of emergency quarterly ever since and will convene to revaluate again in October.

While this might shimmer as a faint beacon of hope, the general still advises nations to remain vigilant till the ordeal is truly over. He urges officials to take a thorough look at health policies and infrastructure, and update them to serve as viable contingencies against any future outbreaks.

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“Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap the rewards of all our hard work,” Tedros stated, adding that governments should continue efforts to vaccinate 100% of their high-risk groups.

“We expect there to be future waves of infections, potentially at different time points throughout the world caused by different subvariants of Omicron or even different variants of concern,” noted senior WHO epidemiologist, Maria Van Kerkhove.

At present, new variants of the Omnicron subvariant have been doing rounds in many European countries as part of the summer wave. But on the other hand, bivalent vaccines that target multiple strains have become available in many countries, and health experts believe that an annual shot could become routine to uphold a good level of protection against the virus, akin to a flu shot.

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