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'Premature,' 'unrealistic' to say Covid will end this year
Published on: 2021-03-02
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A senior World Health Organization official said Monday it was “premature” and “unrealistic” to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death.
 

The world’s singular focus right now should be to keep transmission of Covid-19 as low as possible, said Dr. Michael Ryan, director of WHO's emergencies program.
 

“If we’re smart, we can finish with the hospitalizations and the deaths and the tragedy associated with this pandemic” by the end of the year, he said at media briefing.
 

Ryan said WHO was reassured by emerging data that many of the licensed vaccines appear to be helping curb the virus' explosive spread.
 

“If the vaccines begin to impact not only on death and not only on hospitalization, but have a significant impact on transmission dynamics and transmission risk, then I believe we will accelerate toward controlling this pandemic.”
 

But Ryan warned against complacency, saying that nothing was guaranteed in an evolving epidemic.
 

WHO's director-general, meanwhile, said it was “regrettable” that younger and healthier adults in some rich countries are being vaccinated against the coronavirus before at-risk health workers in developing countries.
 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said immunizations provided by the U.N.-backed effort COVAX began this week in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, but lamented that this was happening only three months after countries such as Britain, the U.S. and Canada began vaccinating their own populations.
 

“Countries are not in a race with each other,” he said. “This is a common race against the virus. We are not asking countries to put their own people at risk. We are asking all countries to be part of a global effort to suppress the virus everywhere.”
 

世卫称年底前结束疫情不现实

当地时间3月1日,世卫组织举行新冠肺炎例行发布会,世卫组织总干事谭德塞表示,全球新冠肺炎单周新增病例数量此前已连续六周下降,但上周出现上升。
 

世卫组织卫生紧急项目负责人迈克尔•瑞安表示,今年年底前结束疫情的想法是不现实的。
 

世卫组织总干事谭德塞说,世卫组织六大区域中有四个地区的新增病例数量出现上升,包括美洲、欧洲、东南亚和东地中海地区,这令人失望,但并不令人惊讶。
 

原因包括放松了公共卫生措施、变异新冠病毒的持续传播、以及人们放松了警惕。虽然疫苗有助于拯救生命,但如果仅靠疫苗就会犯下错误,基本的公共卫生措施仍然是基础。

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