The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it hopes the coronavirus pandemic will end in less than two years.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General told reporters in Geneva on Friday.
Ghebreyesus, however, noted that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.
“We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years,” he said.
Compared with back then, the world today is at a disadvantage due to its “globalisation, closeness, connectedness”, which has allowed the novel coronavirus to spread around the world at lightning speed,” the WHO DG acknowledged.
“But the world also now has the advantage of far better technology.
By “utilising the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu.”
Aljazeera reports more than 22.75 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally since it was first identified in China last year and 794,814 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
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