When will the Covid pandemic end? Latest WHO forecast as Omicron continues to surge – World News


Optimists have been a glimmer of hope, as the Who Health Organisation chief says that the Covid pandemic could be brought to an end in the near future – on one condition

Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus predicted the pandemic could end this year
Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus predicted the pandemic could end this year

Covid is now dragging on into its second year, with the first lockdown of March, 2020, seeming like a distant memory.

The pandemic has had many phases, which have been difficult and devastating for many people in a variety of ways. And the arrival of the Omicron variant has only served to add another hurdle to the list.

It is understandable then that hopes of the saga coming to an end are constantly in people’s minds.

However, the question is generally a scary one because the pandemic has often seemed like such a huge challenge that predicting the end felt too complex.

However, people looking for an end to the ordeal may have just been handed a shred of hope thanks to the World Health Organisation .

When will the Covid pandemic end?

The vaccine is a crucial part of the fight against Covid
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Predicting an exact end date for the pandemic is, of course, impossible. Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said that if the world works together, the pandemic can be defeated in 2022.

The night before New Year’s Eve, he wrote : “As we enter the third year of this pandemic, I’m confident that this will be the year we end it – but only if we do it together.”

He added saying: “If we end inequity, we end the pandemic.

“Through the ACT-Accelerator, which includes COVAX, WHO and our partners are helping to make vaccines, tests and treatments accessible to people who need them, all over the world.”

However, the world is likely to have to learn to cope with the virus and removing it won’t be as simple as flicking a switch.

Reduced levels of hospital admissions per case, as well as more efficient vaccine rollouts and new medicines – including Covid-fighting pills – are all genuine reasons to believe the pandemic can be beaten sooner rather than later. But most crucially of all, is international cooperation.

The Director-General said: “We need all countries to work together to reach the global target of vaccinating 70% of people in all countries by the middle of 2022.

“We need governments to continue using tailored public health and social measures, including testing, sequencing and reporting of variants by all countries, without fear of punitive measures.

“All of us need to play our part, with masks, distancing, avoiding crowds, meeting outside when possible or in a well-ventilated space indoors.”

Of course, not everyone is so optimistic. In mid-December, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Covid “is not going away”.

“Vaccines are averting hospitalisation and death for the majority who get them and slowing the spread, but transmissions show no sign of letting up.

“This is driven by vaccine inequity, hesitancy and complacency.

“Forty countries have not yet even been able to vaccinate 10% of their population.

“In lower-income countries, less than 4% of the population are fully vaccinated.”

As of mid-December, only around 7% of people in Africa had been vaccinated – at the time the World Health Organisation said that at that pace the continent wouldn’t reach 70% until August 2024.

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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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