WHO Director Hopes That Coronavirus Ends In Two Years

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said he hopes the coronavirus crisis can be ended in less than two years.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general, noted on Friday that the Spanish flu pandemic which began in 1918 took two years to end.

“Our situation now with more technology, of course with more connectiveness, the virus has a better chance of spreading, it can move fast,” Dr Tedros said.

“At the same time we have the technology and knowledge to stop it.”

More than 22.81 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported around the world and 793,382 have died from the virus, according to a Reuters tally.

At the WHO's media briefing on Friday, Dr Tedros also warned that countries needed to continue to suppress Covid-19 transmission until a vaccine or treatment is found.

“No country can just ride this out until we have a vaccine,” the health chief said.

“A vaccine will be a vital tool, and we hope that we will have one as soon as possible.

“But there’s no guarantee that we will, and even if we do have a vaccine, it won’t end the pandemic on its own.”

He added: “We must all learn to control and manage this virus using the tools we have now, and to make the adjustments to our daily lives that are needed to keep ourselves and each other safe.”

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