Dhe head of the World Health Organization (WHO) sees a chance of an end to the corona pandemic. Vaccination efforts should not slow down now, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva on Wednesday. The number of reported deaths in the past week has been the lowest since March 2020.
"We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic," Tedros said. "We're not there yet, but the end is in sight. A marathon runner doesn't stop when the finish line is in sight. She runs with even more determination, with all the energy she has left. We have to do that too," he said. Otherwise, new virus variants threatened, more deaths and greater uncertainties.
The WHO is urging all countries to continue testing and, most importantly, vaccinating. The elderly and health workers in particular should be 100 percent vaccinated. Overall, every country should aim to have 70 percent of its population vaccinated.