Jan 19, 2022 - Health

WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year

WHO. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic could be over this year if inequalities in vaccinations and treatments are addressed, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Driving the news: The WHO's Michael Ryan said that although the coronavirus may never end, there was a chance the worst was over and that it could become a "part of the ecosystem."

  • "We have a chance to end the public health emergency this year if we do the things that we've been talking about," Ryan said.
  • "What we need to do is get to low levels of disease incidence with maximum vaccination of our populations, so nobody has to die."

Flashback: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had previously warned that the world was "on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure" because of unequal COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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