Will the pandemic end in 2022? Shock report suggests worst of Covid is nearly over – World News


Will the pandemic end in 2022? We might be entering our third year of the coronavirus pandemic, but a report from the World Health Organisation suggests 2022 could see the last of it

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WHO chief is optimistic the world can beat Covid in 2022

The world hoped that life would go ‘back to normal’ in 2021, but Covid-19 continued to surge throughout the year.

Since emerging in late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Covid caused 1.8 million deaths in 2020 and a further 3.5 million deaths in 2021. Millions of people are also dealing with long-term consequences of the virus, including poor health and the end of their jobs.

After two years of living with restrictions and lockdowns, the global threat of coronavirus remains strong in the New Year as the Omicron variant continues to surge, leading to spikes in hospitalisations.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) delivered some optimistic news at a press briefing on December 29, 2021. Here’s everything you need to know about the potential end of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Will the pandemic end in 2022?

WHO chief says Covid might end in 2022 if rich countries don’t hoard vaccines
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The WHO revealed that 2022 may be the year that the acute stage of the Covid pandemic ends around the world.

Though WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said he remains “highly concerned” about the more transmissible Omicron variant, he expressed optimism about the world beating the virus.

However, he stressed that it depends on countries working together to slow the spread, and warned against “vaccine hoarding” by wealthy countries.

The WHO chief said booster programmes in rich countries could cause low-income countries to again fall short, and called on leaders of wealthy countries and manufacturers to work together to reach the 70% vaccination goal by July 2022.

He said: “This is the time to rise above short-term nationalism and protect populations and economies against future variants by ending global vaccine inequity.

“We have 185 days to the finish line of achieving 70 per cent by the start of July 2022. And the clock starts now”.

What have experts said about the end of the pandemic?

Experts believe that vaccinating younger population is the next step in fighting against the virus
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Experts believe that the Covid situation we’re currently in is “very challenging”, but that boosting people enough in the next three or four months could reduce the burden on the NHS.

Dr Anil Mehta, GP and primary care lead in north east London, told Sky News : “So far the queues for boosters have been very promising. People do want to do the right thing and that’s been remarkably humbling for us.”

Dr Mehta believes that the challenge will be the supply of vaccines. He noted that while there are plenty of vaccines, getting these doses to the sites – and ensuring that there are enough drivers to do so- may slow things down.

He added that vaccinating younger populations is the “inevitable next step,” as Covid continues to rise in schools and colleges.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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