The World Health Organization assured this Friday that it expects the covid-19 pandemic it lasts “less than two years” and is less long-lived than the Spanish flu of 1918, which caused tens of millions of deaths in two years.
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“We hope to end this pandemic in less than two years. Above all, if we manage to unite our efforts (…) and make the most of the available resources and hope that we can have supplementary tools such as vaccines, I think we can end it with a shorter timeframe than the 1918 flu, “WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.
No country can sit idly by until we have a covid-19 vaccine. This will be a vital tool and we hope to have one as soon as possible.
“No country can sit idly by until we have a covid-19 vaccine. This will be a vital tool and we hope to have one as soon as possible. But there is no guarantee that we will, and even if we do, it will not end the pandemic by itself, “she explained.
The WHO director said that it is vital that countries can quickly identify and prevent clusters of covid-19 cases, to prevent community transmission and the possibility of further restrictions.
The covid-19 outbreak stabilized in Brazil
On the other hand, the WHO assured that the covid-19 situation stabilized in Brazil and considered that it would be “a success for the world” to stop the rapid transmission of the virus in the Latin American giant.
The director of emergencies of the WHO, Michael Ryan, indicated in a press conference by videoconference that there had been “a clear decrease in various parts of Brazil.”
The acceleration of cases has stabilized, but there are still a very high number of cases and too high of deaths
Behind the United States, Brazil is the second country in the world with the highest number of deaths and diagnosed positive for the new coronavirus. “The acceleration of cases stabilized, but there is still a very high number of cases and too high of deaths, “said Ryan about a country in which 6,900 people died from the pandemic in the last week and 290,000 positive were diagnosed.
In total, 111,100 people died from covid-19 in the Latin American giant, where more than 3.45 million infections were detected.
“We are in a difficult moment in Brazil, where it seems that things are getting better “, declared the WHO leader, who expressed his “appreciation for health workers and communities in Brazil who are taking the necessary actions to stabilize the situation.”
Ryan acknowledged, however, that “The question now is: is it just a respite or can this downward trend be sustained?” Latin America represents a ninth of the world’s population, but in this subcontinent 40% of covid-19 cases were detected in the last two months.
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