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Covid-19 pandemic can finally end in 2022, - WHO

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Ghebreyesus warned against "narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding" in a new year statement
08:35, 2 January 2022

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Reuters

The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  is optimistic that the  coronavirus pandemic will be defeated in 2022, provided countries work together to contain its spread, BBC reports.

Ghebreyesus warned against "narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding" in a new year statement.

His comments come two years since the WHO was first notified of cases of an unknown pneumonia strain in China.

He warned that continuing inequity in vaccine distribution was increasing the risk of the virus evolving.

Related: Delta, Omicron could trigger tsunami of coronavirus diseases, - WHO

“Narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding by some countries have undermined equity and created the ideal conditions for the emergence of the Omicron variant, and the longer inequity continues, the higher the risks of the virus evolving in ways we can’t prevent or predict," he said.

“If we end inequity, we end the pandemic," he added.

Earlier, the World Health Organization warned that new coronavirus variants could emerge during the pandemic that render the current vaccines useless. 

“As this pandemic drags on, it’s possible that new variants could evade our countermeasures and become fully resistant to current vaccines or past infection, necessitating vaccine adaptations,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva.

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